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Grenadier Guards inspected for duty

The Grenadier Guards' newest soldiers were under the spotlight today.

An infantry regiment of the British Army, the Grenadier Guards can trace its lineage back to 1656 and maintaining their golden thread of excellence on operations and on ceremonial duties is no small feat.

The 1st Battalion has been chosen to Troop its Colour for the Queen's Birthday Parade on 8th June and Nijmegen Company, the Grenadier Guards' Public Duties Incremental Company, will march alongside them.

Before then these soldiers are destined to be the face of Britain as Queen's Guards at the Royal Palaces and on state ceremonial duties in the capital. Consequently, despite some having only entered the British Army in the last few months, they have had to perfect hundreds of precision ceremonial drill moves and achieve a standard of turnout of uniform, equipment and bearing which is nothing short of excellence.

World class soldiers

Today Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards and Musicians from the Band of the Scots Guards had their annual inspection from some of the Army's toughest judges: the Garrison Sergeant Major, the Master Tailor, the Brigade Major, and the Major General Commanding the Household Division, Major General Ben Bathurst.

The young soldiers were tested on military knowledge, history, values and standards, and their uniforms, presentation and drill was minutely examined.

Although the main role of the Public duties Incremental Companies is the delivery of ceremonial, these world class soldiers maintain their warfighting capabilities with regular operational training. Many will undertake some of the Army's toughest frontline training in Belize alongside the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards later this year.