Christmas Meeting

Christmas Meeting

Saturday 17 November 2018

What the English do well is the celebration of their history through the ritual surrounding their monarchy and this of course entails ‘dressing up’.

Shaun McCormack as a member of the Queen’s Bodyguard will tell us about this role, which will include the creation, recruitment, strength and state duties of The Guard but most importantly the state dress. He will bring along his uniform for close inspection and perhaps we can persuade him to put it on.

Shaun served for 24 years in the Infantry leaving in the rank of WO2 (Company Sergeant Major) in 1992. He was sworn in to the Queen’s Bodyguard of The Yeomen of The Guard in 2000 and is still serving on the exempt list. His rank at the moment is Yeoman.

The Yeomen of the Guard was established in 1485 by Henry VIII as a personal bodyguard and was responsible for the king’s safety when travelling and on the battlefild. They even tasted his food. They should not be confused with the Yeomen Warders of the Tower of London who are often referred to as “Beefeaters”. Today The Guards’ role is purely ceremonial and they are only called to their guardroom at St. James’s Palace for functions such as the State Opening of Parliament. One of their duties on this occasion, since the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, will be a traditional search of the vaults of the Palace of Westminster. There are now 79 yeomen chosen from the army, the marines and the Royal Air Force with a captain appointed by the government.

The report on this event is included in the Spring 2019 issue of WECS Wardrobe.

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