This is Not in London

Take a look at the Ceremonial Guard, now in Ottawa, Canada for the summer. They were recently inspected by the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston and can be seen changing the guard on Parliament Hill, guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and engaging in other events like Canada Day.

Members of the Ceremonial Guard march to Parliament Hill to change the guard

Many tourists in Ottawa might associate the scarlet tunics and bearskin caps with London but these uniforms have been worn by Canadian servicemen for many decades. However, it is no coincidence that British uniforms and traditions are found within the Canadian military given the strong, historical connection between the two countries.

The Ceremonial Guard, as it is now known, is a unit supported by The Governor General’s Foot Guards and the Canadian Grenadiers reserve regiments. From 1954 to 1969, the two reserve regiments were part of the larger Canadian Guards which modeled itself after the Household Foot Guards in the British Army. However, the use of bearskins in Canada goes back much farther than 1954.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s