News / State Visit By The President Of Singapore
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On Horse Guards Parade amidst all the colour and ceremony of a Household Division Guard of Honour, Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh have formally welcomed to Britain The President of the Republic of Singapore and Mrs Tony Tan Keng Yam. Hurricane Gonzalo ensured the flags and horses were lively.
State Visits are the highest form of diplomatic contact between Sovereign states and are high points in the ceremonial season. The Foot Guards and Cavalry of the Household Division, The King?s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and the Honourable Artillery Company will provide the military component for the three day State Visit, with important ceremonial events taking place throughout.
Major General Ed Smyth-Osbourne, Major General Commanding the Household Division, commands all troops for the visit. For all the soldiers involved, many of whom are taking part in a major ceremonial event for the first time, it is a grand occasion, and one in which they are proud and privileged to be part of.
Just before noon, a Guard of Honour, commanded by Major Andrew Seddon, and comprising 96 Rank and File from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, formed up on Horse Guards Parade, with The Queen?s Company Colour, the Royal Standard of the Regiment and the Corps of Drums of the Battalion.
After the arrival of the Sovereign?s Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, commanded by Major Nick Stewart of the Life Guards, Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at the Royal Pavilion on Horse Guards. The Sovereign?s Escort and the Guard of Honour gave a Royal Salute, the National Anthem was played, and the Flagman broke the Royal Standard on the roof of the Horse Guards? building.
The President of the Republic of Singapore?s car then arrived via Horse Guards Arch. At that precise moment, The King?s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, commanded by Major Robert Skeggs, fired a 41 Gun Salute from Green Park, and the Honourable Artillery Company, commanded by Major William Grove, fired a 62 Gun Salute from Her Majesty?s Fortress The Tower of London.
Her Majesty The Queen then invited the President to inspect the Guard. He was accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
The President and his wife, accompanied by The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, left Horse Guards for Buckingham Palace in a carriage procession escorted by the Sovereign?s Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
The route was lined throughout by soldiers from F Company Scots Guards, Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards and 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. The Band of the Coldstream Guards performed as the procession passed Marlborough Road, and The Band of the Scots Guards performed at the Duke of York Steps.
On arrival at Buckingham Palace, a Guard of Honour, commanded by Major Neil Strachan, and made up of 96 Rank and File soldiers from Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards, with The Queen?s Colour, came to attention in the Quadrangle. The Band of the Welsh Guards provided musical support and as the Royal and Presidential party entered the Palace the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment lined the stairs in salute.
When the President visits the Palace of Westminster, a Dismounted Detachment of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment made up of twelve soldiers from each regiment ? the Blues and Royals, and the Life Guards - will line the staircase at the House of Lords and fanfares will be played by Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry.
A State Banquet will be held this evening at Buckingham Palace. The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment will provide staircase lining parties and The Countess of Wessex?s String Orchestra will provide musical entertainment. 12 Pipers from 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland will play a selection of pipe music at the end of the evening.
Tomorrow, at The Guildhall, the Honourable Artillery Company will provide a Guard of Honour with The Queen?s Colour, accompanied by the Band and Corps of Drums of the Regiment for the arrival of the President at a Banquet given by the Corporation of London. Fanfares will be played by Trumpeters from the Band of the Household Cavalry and The Countess of Wessex?s String Orchestra will provide musical entertainment during the event.