The 1st Battalion Irish Guards are busy swapping their desert kit for ceremonial dress. Despite only just returning from Afghanistan they are already deep into rehearsals for their role as the Queen’s Escort at the Royal Wedding. The parade square at Victoria barracks is a long way from Afghanistan but many of these troops were there just days ago. The Irish Guards have spent their tour mentoring the Afghan National Army so they have had limited time to prepare. The regiment of which Prince William is Colonel will provide the Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and the Tower of London on the big day.
THE ARMY’S ‘MASTER OF CEREMONIAL’ RECEIVES NEW INSIGNIA FOR ROYAL WEDDING Video sows a WO1 (GSM) Garrison Sergeant Major Guards Badge being stitched , this was given by the Queen of rank on to his regimental tunic in time for the Royal Wedding. Garrison Sergeant Major William Mott OBE, the senior Warrant Officer of the British Army, and the man responsible for some of the most spectacular State ceremonial over the last decade, has been presented with an historic Warrant Officers’ badge of rank in time for the Royal Wedding on 29 April. “Billy” Mott has been in his current post as Garrison Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer Class 1) London District, since July 2002. Officially responsible for State Ceremonial, he has been involved in nearly every large-scale ceremonial event in London, and his job has taken him as far as Sri Lanka, Jamaica, Malaysia and Jordan in the organising of events. As the post of Garrison Sergeant Major is traditionally a Court Appointment, the new badge has been approved especially by Her Majesty The Queen. The badge revives the original one made for Sergeant Majors appointed to the Court of King William IV in the early 19th Century. It incorporates the Royal Coat of Arms worn by selected Warrant Officers Class 1 of The Household Division, placed over four chevrons sewn in gold thread, the traditional badge of the Sergeant Major, originally worn on both arms of their tunics. Billy Mott has received the badge in advance of one of his biggest jobs to …
Precision, planning and polish, the Guards who will be on parade on the day of the Royal Wedding are putting the final touches to their uniforms and drills. There will be 1500 troops on duty when Prince William marries Kate Middleton. They are one of the most famous sights for tourists visiting London but as they performed the Changing of the Guard today the foot guards’ minds were on their big day, the 29th April. These are the soldiers who will be lining the route as the Prince and his new bride leave Westminster Abbey. Some of these soldiers are still just teenagers and only completed their basic training three weeks ago and the wedding will be their first public engagement. The Guards now have several late night rehearsals planned to ensure their drills are spot on ready for the wedding day.
The Duchess of Cambridge has been toasted by members of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards as she visited the Junior Ranks Mess at Mons Barracks on St Patrick’s Day.