Bedfordshire Lieutenancy: Lord-Lieutenant Cadets treated to a quintessential trip to see the Guards in London

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire* took her seven Cadets on a trip to London on Monday 30th May to the Guards Museum at Birdcage Walk.

The Cadets were given a tour of Wellington Barracks where they saw King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery cleaning their field guns and tending to their horses in preparation for the Royal Salute they will fire in Hyde Park after they take part in the forthcoming ceremony of Trooping the Colour which marks the start of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee weekend festivities.

They also witnessed the first part of the ceremony of Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace.  A world-famous ceremony which is unchanged since 1837!  They saw the Royal Gurkha Logistic Regiment getting on parade and being inspected before they marched away to Buckingham Palace behind their regimental Band, Pipes and Drums. The Cadets then had a tour of the museum and The Guards Chapel.  The museum tour was paused to see the Coldstream Guards march back into barracks having finished their duty guarding the palaces.  What could be more quintessentially British than scarlet tunics and bearskin caps on a summer’s day in London?  Photo opportunities were grabbed to record a memorable day. 

The visit was kindly hosted by the Director of the Guards Museum, Andrew Wallis MBE DL, who is also the Honorary Colonel for Beds & Herts ACF.

The Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets are:

Cadet Corporal Benjamin Cornforth – Bedfordshire Sea Cadets

Cadet Sergeant Matthew Brewer – Bedford Modern Combined Cadet Force

Cadet Sergeant Major Chloe Bezer – Beds & Herts ACF

Cadet Warrant Officer Toby Shortman – Beds & Cambs ATC

Leading Cadet Cameron Moore – St John Ambulance

Drill Cadet Lukas Wescott – Bedfordshire Police

Cadet Crew Manager Keown Seldon – Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service

* Lord-Lieutenants are appointed as HM The Queen’s representatives in each ceremonial County. There are 98 Lord-Lieutenants who cover all areas of the United Kingdom.