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Ceremonial duties

As a Foot Guards Regiment in the Household Division, the Welsh Guards are proud to provide the guard for Her Majesty the Queen at her royal residences.

The famous red tunic and bearskinWhen carrying out this duty the Battalion mounts from Wellington Barracks in central London, although it is currently based in Elizabeth Barracks, Pirbright.

When in its ceremonial role, the Battalion provides the Guards at St James's and Buckingham Palaces, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London. Other ceremonial tasks and parades include Trooping the Colour and Guards of Honour for visiting heads of state.

Those on parade wear the famous red tunic and bearskin, or Greatcoats in the winter, whilst carrying out all their duties.

One way to distinguish between the regiments of the Foot Guards is the spacing of the buttons on the tunic. The Welsh Guards wear their buttons in groups of five and have white and green plumes on their bearskins.

The Battalion was proudly involved in the Royal Wedding in April 2011 of Prince William and Kate Middleton providing the Royal Guard of Honour at Buckingham Palace with the remainder of the Battalion street lining the processional route on Horse Guards.

The Battalion will not be restricted to just ceremonial duties for the two year period, as the duties are shared between at least one other Battalion allocated to ceremonial duties. In order to keep the Battalion fit and current on their military skills, it is normal for the Battalion to deploy on overseas exercises and operational tours whilst posted to London.

Previously the Battalion deployed to the Balkans on a six-month operational tour from London as well as two tours of Afghanistan. There have been numerous six-week exercises, the most recent being to Belize, Central America, the Falkland Islands and Kenya in 2014.

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