The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery celebrates 150th in UK as Queen’s Guard – DiscoverWestman.com
The public service contingent of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (RCA UK PDC) spent six weeks undergoing intensive training and a training exercise at Canadian Forces Base Shilo, home to most of the soldiers of the 1st Contingent regiment, the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1 RCHA).
This was in response to a special invitation from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to honor and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the formation of A and B Batteries of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (RCA). The contingent of RCAF soldiers and officers were invited to form the Queen’s Guard in the United Kingdom.
This contingent (RCA UK PDC) is made up of 90 soldiers who traveled from Canada to England, where they received additional training for the Fit for Role inspection.
âThe Fit for Role Inspection was conducted by senior officers from the British Army Households Division and was the last official verification of the contingent’s ability to perform the duties of the Queen’s Guard. This intensive inspection included a review of ceremonial uniforms, drill sequences, excellent posture, discipline and accuracy of steps and orders, âsays Ottawa press release – National Defense / Canadian Armed Forces.
The RCA UK PDC served as the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London throughout their stay. A contingent of 36 RCAF band soldiers will accompany the guards on the ascents and descents.
The first cut of their Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and the Tower of London took place on October 4, followed by the making of their first cut of the guard at Windsor Castle the following day. They will continue to serve until the end of October.
“The Queen’s Guard is made up of soldiers and officers tasked in support of the civil authorities with guarding the sovereign and the official royal residences in the United Kingdom,” the press release continued.
âThe founding of Battery A (in Kingston, Ont.) And Battery B (in Quebec) of 1 RCHA in 1871 paved the way for Canada’s professional army. It enabled Canada to take responsibility for its defense and laid the foundations for political autonomy. This public service opportunity continues the tradition of Commonwealth soldiers working closely with the British Armed Forces while demonstrating the professional capabilities of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery and the Canadian Armed Forces in an international context.
Major Michael Croisier, Guard Commander, Public Service Contingent of The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, UK, explained how truly an honor this is. âThis is truly a unique opportunity for our soldiers and they are taking advantage of it every moment. While the training and preparations leading up to this were at times long and tiring, when the Canadian soldiers marched into the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, they really felt the full magnitude of their tasks. This is by no means a routine task for members of the Canadian Armed Forces and it is an honor and a privilege to be here as a member of the Queen’s Guard.