“Canadians were front and centre at London’s Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, as they were given the rare honour of guarding Queen Elizabeth II for the day.
For 350 years, the Household Cavalry, Britain’s army regiment, has been the official “Life Guard” to the monarch. But the responsibility was handed over to a non-British force – in this case, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – as part of the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations.
While it’s a first for the RCMP, it’s not unprecedented for Canada to have been given such an honour. “The first one was another Canadian regiment, the Lord Strathcona’s horse. They did it on their centennial in 2000,” says RCMP Sgt. Maj. Bill Stewart.” Read More: RCMP become Queen’s ceremonial guards for a day (from: http://www.globalregina.com).
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