On Horse Guards Parade amidst all the colour and ceremony of a Household Division Guard of Honour, Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh have formally welcomed to Britain The President of the Republic of Singapore and Mrs Tony Tan Keng Yam. Hurricane Gonzalo ensured the flags and horses were lively.
State Visits are the highest form of diplomatic contact between Sovereign states and are high points in the ceremonial season. The Foot Guards and Cavalry of the Household Division, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company will provide the military component for the three day State Visit, with important ceremonial events taking place throughout.
Major General Ed Smyth-Osbourne, Major General Commanding the Household Division, commands all troops for the visit. For all the soldiers involved, many of whom are taking part in a major ceremonial event for the first time, it is a grand occasion, and one in which they are proud and privileged to be part of.
Just before noon, a Guard of Honour, commanded by Major Andrew Seddon, and comprising 96 Rank and File from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, formed up on Horse Guards Parade, with The Queen’s Company Colour, the Royal Standard of the Regiment and the Corps of Drums of the Battalion.
After the arrival of the Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, commanded by Major Nick Stewart of the Life Guards, Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at the Royal Pavilion on Horse Guards. The Sovereign’s Escort and the Guard of Honour gave a Royal Salute, the National Anthem was played, and the Flagman broke the Royal Standard on the roof of the Horse Guard’s building.