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3 Reg Royal guard duty honour

Soldiers from Abingdon based 3 Regiment swapped their role of supply for a bit of spit and polish as they took on the honour of guarding Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at the Royal Palaces.

Usually these troops are more accustomed to driving heavy trucks across great distances delivering all the equipment needed to keep a modern day Army sustained, but for six weeks they have been thrust into the international limelight as they took the place of the Queen’s Guard.

The troops spent weeks in preparation, learning the intricate drill movements they needed to be the public face of the British Army on show in front of millions.

As one would expect for such a prestigious role, uniforms needed to be nothing short of immaculate and before every guard mounting hours of boot polishing, starching and ironing was completed so each soldier would pass muster.

Each period of guard duty lasts two days and when mounting the guard in London, the troops assembled on the parade square in Wellington Barracks, which overlooks Buckingham Palace.

After their final inspection and in front of five thousand craning spectators, they then snapped to attention and stepped off marching out of the barrack gates and across the forecourt of the Palace for the time honoured changing of the guard ceremony.

The Royal Logistic Corps

Royal Logistic Corps Tartan from The Ministry of Tartan

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On Wednesday 14 October, The RLC Individual and Team Orienteering Championships took place on Mytchett Training Area. 115 competitors from 27 units took on a score event in which individuals had one hour to reach as many of the 24 checkpoints as possible. The four team members who score the highest points count towards the team result, where teams tie on points, the team with the fastest time to score those points wins.

Congratulations to all who were involved and well done to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC, Marchwood who were the champion male team, 162 Regiment RLC who were the champion female team and Army Drivers Northern Ireland (152 Regiment RLC) the champion Reserve team.

Lieutenant Huw Stradling was the overall winner, closely followed by Major Richard Barrett in second and Captain Terry Furlong took third place. Major Sophie Spenser-Small was the female winner with Lieutenant Colonel S Braine and Colonel Lucy Giles hot on her heels.

For more information about getting involved in orienteering, contact your respective sports officer or visit baoc.info
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THE RBL POPPY APPEAL NEEDS YOU!

Your support for The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal is more crucial than ever this year. They need you to help raise the money that will support our soldiers, sailors, airmen and their family now and in later life. Get on social media, message your family and tell your friends. We all need to shake a virtual bucket because this year, every poppy counts.

Text POPPY2, POPPY5 or POPPY10 to 70545
Donate online at www.rbl.org.uk/donate
Or find out what you can do to support the Poppy Appeal at www.rbl.org.uk/poppyappeal
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