The Queen's Guards
Cameras have been granted privileged access to the oldest continuously serving regiment in the British Army, the Coldstream Guards – the Queen’s Guards. This five part series follows raw teenage recruits, high-ranking officers and aspiring army leaders as they fulfil their royal duties and their ceremonial roles, from Buckingham Palace to the Tower of London.
Channel 5 go behind-the-scenes with the guards as they protect the monarch, at the prestigious barracks next to Buckingham Palace and at Windsor Castle. Alongside their role in some of the biggest royal events of the last decade, you can witness the relentless training that keeps them at the top of their game.
This week, the Coldstream Guards in Windsor at Battalion HQ are preparing for the most important inspection of the year.
General Officer Commanding London District, will be scrutinizing everything from drill, to boots, to bearskins, ensuring turnout is immaculate and marching is up to scratch.
With the Queen’s birthday only a matter of months away. The responsibility and privilege of getting it absolutely right falls on Lt Col David Marsham, but he’s yet to lead a major Royal ceremony, let alone the Trooping the Colour.
In Catterick aspiring guardsmen are midway through one of the toughest infantry training courses in the world. Trainee guardsman Lubin is from St Lucia and has only been in the country a matter of weeks but is keen to see the course through and make his family proud. Trainee Guardsman Hodson is struggling under the constant pressure while trainee Guardsman Cheesbrough is keen to shake off the shadow of his father.
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News breaks of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and instantly the Coldstream Guards are drafted in to begin preparations for their most important ceremonial occasion in decades.
With 30 years of experience, Garrison Sergeant Major Vern Stokes is in charge of the event and heads up mass rehearsals in Pirbright, where he has to get some rusty soldiers up to scratch.
Meanwhile in combats, 25 Platoon have been training in Catterick Yorkshire and are finally coming to the end of their 28 week long training programme.
The day of the Duke Of Edinburgh’s funeral arrives, and the minutely choreographed ceremony gets underway, with Garrison Sergeant Major Stokes on hand to see all goes well.