Witnessing the QCS mount guard


As part of the RAF100 celebrations, Flight Lieutenant Elaine Porter of the RAF Air Cadets (RAFAC) and Cadet Warrant Officer Shannon Lock were privileged to attend the Mounting of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
For the first time in the Centenary year, the RAF Regement’s Queen’s Colour Squadron mounted guard at the London Palaces. The ceremony takes place at Buckingham Palace and the duties include; guarding the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels contained within, the Ceremony of the Keys and Ceremony of the Word, as well as opening and closing the Tower.
As part of the RAF100 celebrations 63 Squadron RAF Regiment, the Queen’s Colour Squadron (QCS), hosted 30 guests made up of Cadets and Staff of the RAF Air Cadets. Flight Lieutenant Elaine Porter RAFAC and Cadet Warrant Officer Shannon Lock (1875 (Towcester) Squadron) were nominated and these lucky individuals were invited to witness the mounting of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, before a poignant visit to the Bomber Command memorial.
The day was completed with a private lunch reception with members of the QCS in the Queens Guard Officers Mess at St. James’ Palace.
Flt Lt Porter said “It was an honour to represent the Wing alongside CWO Lock”.