Edmonton Sun, By Catherine Griwkowsky, 18 June 2017
Military musicians from the Royal Canadian Artillery band based out of the Edmonton Garrison are performing ceremonial duties as part of the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Place on June 18.
They will join the 2nd Battallion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, which is set to mount the guard on June 18, 26, 28 and July 1 and 3, according to a news release from the British Army. A total of 80 soldiers will be heading across the pond, along with 35 military musicians.
Canadian troops are being recognized to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
“They have had hours of daily drill practice for over a month under the tutelage of British parade instructors,“ a spokesman said in a news release.
The news release states the Canadian troops will be “instantly recognizable” by the French grey colour on their collar and cuff of the full dress scarlet tunic.
The 2nd Battallion of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry to Mount the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Musicians from the Edmonton Garrison’s Royal Canadian Artillery band and soldiers from the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry will mount the guard at Buckingham Palace on June 18, 26, 28 and July 1 and 3.
The 3rd PPCLI, based in Edmonton, guarded Buckingham Palace in 1998.
The PPCLI is named for Princess Patricia, who was born in Buckingham Palace on March 17, 1886.
The Queen’s Guard and its ceremonial duties are part of army history and tradition that goes back to the reign of King Charles II in the 1600s. Troops from the Commonwealth have participated since September 1916 when Canadian soldiers participated.
“We are pleased to play an important role in this long-standing army tradition in the UK, especially as we in Canada mark Canada 150,” Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk, commander Canadian Army, said in a statement.