A look at the aviators making Canadian history in England
For years, military forces throughout the Commonwealth have been invited on occasion to serve public duties in the U.K. for the Queen. The Royal Canadian Air Force is having its turn until July 15, guarding the royal residences for the first time in its 94-year history.
The RCAF’s invitation is meant to highlight Canada Day in London, as well as the military division’s shared history with Britain’s Royal Air Force, which turns 100 in July.
A typical day of public duties begins at 6:45 a.m. as RCAF members arrive at Wellington Barracks, adjacent to Buckingham Palace in central London. The barracks are home to Britain’s Foot Guard regiments, who are known for carrying out ceremonial duties at royal events.