Stevenage Soldier set to guard the Queen
A SOLDIER from Stevenage has been given the honour of guarding the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Adam Fletcher, along with members of 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support), has embarked on six months of public duties guarding the royal residencies, including t
A SOLDIER from Stevenage has been given the honour of guarding the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Adam Fletcher, along with members of 21st Signal Regiment (Air Support), has embarked on six months of public duties guarding the royal residencies, including the Palace, the Tower of London and Windsor Castle.
Adam, 20, joined the Army in 2005 and has served in Afghanistan and Germany.
He provides mobile and static secure communications for the Army. The former Barnwell School pupil says he is proud to be part of the elite defence team.
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His parents Glyn and Beverley will be among the crowds watching him on guard duty during the summer tourist season.
A keen football player, Alan worked as a sales rep before joining the Army.
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He said: "This is the second time I've done the Queens Guard. I really enjoyed it the first time so volunteered to do it again."
Mounting guard duty is normally carried out by the Guards Division in its distinctive scarlet tunics and bear skin hats, but when units are busy with operational duties other regiments step in.
While on guard, members of the 21st Signals will wear their number one ceremonial dress known as "blues".
It is recognised that one of the hardest things is keeping absolutely still for up to two hours in hot weather. It takes a huge amount of dedication and mental strength.
Commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Graham Addley, said: "It is a once-in-a-career opportunity for us as the Royal Signals don't routinely do this role. It is a privilege to serve in London in front of Buckingham Palace with the Corps band.
"Bringing together nine different regiments into one body for intricate drill is a real achievement.