Canadian female officer commanded troops guarding Buckingham Palace

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Couto’s Canadian unit, the Second Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI) , known as the Patricia’s , has been invited to the UK to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary this year. Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Manitoba, was named after Princess Patricia of Connaught, daughter of the then governor general of Canada. Princess Patricia‘father was Prince Arthur, the third son of Queen Victoria.They are serving as the Queen’s Guard on select dates until 3 July.

 

B-palace                                                The Buckingham Palace

Women in the British army have served on frontline duties in a variety of roles but until July last year they were banned from close-combat ground roles. Since November last year, some units of the Royal Armoured Corps have been open to women. However, the Queen’s foot guards will be open to women by the end of next year. When The Queen is in London, the Guard consists of 1 officer, 1 corporal major (who carries the standard), 2 non-commissioned officers, 1 trumpeter and 11 troopers. When Her Majesty is not resident in London, the Guard is reduced to 2 non-commissioned officers and 10 troopers.

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