Grenadier Day will take place on Sunday 20 July 2014. It will be held in the current home of the 1st Battalion, Lille Barracks in Aldershot.
Grenadier Day is a families and open day for all to visit the Battalion and see what we have been up to. This year will include stands from all of our Companies displaying activities they have conducted over the previous 12 months including skills learnt in the jungles of Brunei. There will also be a display from the Royal Signals White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team. The day is open to all who wish to visit and gates will open from 1200.
June 25, 2014
Training exercise in Kenya – November 2014
The First Battalion Grenadier Guards are due to deploy to Kenya in November this year to conduct a six week training exercise. This will involve both living firing tactical training and blank firing across the African bush and savannah and amongst all the African wildlife. Following the exercise the Battalion will enjoy adventurous training and some down time to explore the Kenyan night life. For most civilians this would be a once in a life time experience, for our soldiers it is just another amazing country that they are being paid extra to explore.
June 24, 2014
The Grenadier Guards Trooping the Colour for the Queens’ Birthday Parade – June 2014
Saturday 14 June 2014 saw Nijmegen Company Troop their Colour for the Sovereign’s Birthday Parade. During the Troop Nijmegen Company, which maintains the Colours’ and traditions of the Second Battalion the Grenadier Guards were joined on parade by soldiers from the 1st Battalion, many of whom have served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. In total there were over 450 Grenadiers on Parade.
Trooping the Colour is an annual event that takes place on Horse Guards Parade in London’s St James’s Park in June, marking The Queen’s official birthday.
The custom of Trooping the Colour dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th. Century when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle and were therefore trooped in front of the soldiers every day to make sure that every man could recognise those of his own regiment.
Over 1400 officers and men are on parade, together with two hundred horses; over four hundred musicians from ten bands and corps of drums march and play as one.
June 15, 2014