This week marked a proud moment for the Royal Gibraltar Regiment as they returned to London to conduct Ceremonial Public Duties, almost ten years after their last commitment in 2002.
After a rigorous inspection of ceremonial uniform and drill sequences which was carried out at Wellington Barracks on Friday 18 March, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment proceeded with their First Queen’s Guard which took place at Buckingham Palace on Monday 21 March.
Over the next few weeks, the Royal Gibraltar Regiment soldiers will be guarding the Tower of London, St James Palace, Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
Speaking about the honour of the task, Commanding Officer of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Dyson, said:
It’s going to be a truly memorable experience for all the soldiers involved. Lieutenant Colonel Simon Dyson,
Commanding Officer of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment
"As Commanding Officer of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, it is a huge honour for the Regiment to be asked to perform the Public Duties in London, to guard our Sovereign at Buckingham Palace, Tower of London and Windsor Castle.
"It’s going to be a truly memorable experience for all the soldiers involved. We have some very junior soldiers taking part and it will be their first experience conducting duties away from Gibraltar so it is a fantastic opportunity for them and one they will treasure for the rest of their career.
"Being Commanding Officer, to be able to lead the Regiment, and uniquely receive New Colours whilst we are conducting Public Duties is fantastic. We are truly honoured and humbled with this opportunity."
Soldiers from the Royal Gibraltar Regiment are constantly on operations within Gibraltar. The Regiment has responsibilities to support the Royal Navy and its assets, it trains for all possible scenarios, including enhanced security postures during increases in alert states.