RCAF makes history in London
From RCAF public affairs
The Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s) Public Duties contingent wrapped up its guard responsibilities in the United Kingdom yesterday.
During the last few whirlwind days, the contingent not only carried out their duties in the shadow of history, they made history too.
On July 9, 2018, the RCAF contingent, known as the Queen’s Guard while carrying out its duties, mounted the guard at Windsor Castle. That location might be familiar to you if you were watching TV or internet feeds last month; it’s where Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle were married on May 19, 2018.
Thousands of spectators lined the streets of Windsor and packed the inside of the castle to witness the historic moment.
Then, back in London, history continued to be made on July 11 as the RCAF took over responsibility for mounting the guard at Buckingham Palace from the Royal Air Force (RAF). As this summer’s events are the first time in the RCAF’s 94-year-history that its members had performed public duties for Her Majesty, the meeting on the parade square and the changing of the guard between the RAF and the RCAF was unprecedented.
The RCAF Queen’s Guard took over from the RAF on the heels of RAF’s 100th anniversary celebrations on July 10, which saw a wonderfully executed parade and flypast near Buckingham Palace.
It was the last mount for members of the RCAF Public Duties contingent, who began their ceremonial responsibilities in London on June 25. While in the U.K., the team carried out guard duties at St. James’s Palace and the Tower of London as well and participated in a Freedom of Entry of the Town ceremony in Folkestone. The RCAF Band also participated in the RAF’s anniversary celebrations.
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