Members of the Household division on parade during the fit for role.

Troops from 5 Regiment Royal Artillery, based at Catterick Garrison in Yorkshire, have parked their Light Guns for two months for a once in a lifetime opportunity to guard Her Majesty The Queen’s Royal Palaces on this Her Platinum Jubilee year. The prestigious honour will see the men and women of 5 Regiment Royal Artillery take over the Queen’s Guard from the iconic bearskin cap-wearing Guardsmen of the Foot Guards at the beginning of the Platinum Diamond Jubilee this Monday. As the Accession Day anniversary Guns fire across the capital, The Yorkshire Gunners will be taking up their positions as the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace.

Ceremonial experts from the Household Division trained the Gunners for weeks to learn the complex drill manoeuvres and tasks involved in this historic duty. Today their hard work and attention to detail were placed under the spotlight by the expert judges of the Household Division who determined whether the Royal Artillery unit had reached the required standard of excellence for Public Duties.

The fit for role parade inspection took place at the home of the Guards in London, Wellington Barracks on Birdcage Walk, just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace. The Household Division’s Brigade Major and the Garrison Sergeant Major checked uniforms, bearing, drill and the soldiers’ ability to remember dozens of new oral commands specific to the job.

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