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It is the first time since its foundation in 2006 that the regiment has guarded the Queen's residences, although soldiers from the regiment have previously mounted guard at the Tower of London.
The reservists who mounted guard on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, well aware that the death of their comrade might precipitate "copy-cat" attacks, are heroes.
Surely we all remember, and not fondly, the previous defence minister--the veterinarian Veldre, whose biggest plan for the military was to establish a ceremonial mounted guard to greet princes and potentates at the airport.
In Selly Oak, where I then lived, my brother Jack was one of the mounted guard to Henry II and I was a lady in waiting to the queen.
A teenager who was nervous of horses has become the first black woman in the Queen's mounted guard, it emerged yesterday.