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Monday April 7, 2008

Royal Malay Regiment to guard Queen Elizabeth II

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malay Regiment has been selected to perform the prestigious “London Public Duties” in England. The 1st Battalion will represent the regiment.

Malaysia is the fourth Commonwealth nation after Canada, Australia and Jamaica to be given the honour to perform the Public Duties, which has a ceremonial and historic significance

One of the tasks awaiting the 75-year-old regiment is to guard Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the British monarch Queen Elizabeth II.

Army public relations office acting director Kol Fadzlette Othman Merican said 122 personnel from the royal ceremonial team had been selected for the assignment.

Hup, two, three, four: A trainer from the British army leading members of the Royal Malay Regiment 1st Battalion as part of their preparation for the London Public Duties at the Sungai Besi Army Camp. — Bernama

She said the invitation followed the visit of the Chief of General Staff of the United Kingdom Sir Richard Dannat on Feb 28 last year.

“During Sir Richard's visit he witnessed the regiment conducting the guard-of-honour.

The coordination and discipline shown won his heart, and he later invited the regiment to perform the Public Duties.

Basically, Public Duties are divided into two tasks. The first is the “Queen’s Guard” where the regiment will guard the Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Tower of London.

The second is “Windsor Castle Guard,” where the regiment will guard Windsor Castle, one of the Queen Elizabeth II residences.

Kol Fadzlette said the regiment would be involved in regimental tasks with other battalions in the Household division along their placement in Buckingham Palace.

The team will depart for London on April 16 and are expected to start their duty on April 18 and end on June 12. – Bernama