Queen's Colour Squadron

About

The custodian of The Queen’s Colour for the RAF in the United Kingdom and has the honour of providing the Escort Squadron whenever the Colour is paraded.

First mounted Queen’s Guard at Buckingham Palace in 1943 on the 25th anniversary of the RAF as the RAF Drill Unit.

Manned exclusively by the Officers and Gunners of the RAF Regiment, QCS holds a dual role capability as a regular field squadron under 63 Squadron RAF Regiment.

The Squadron holds the world record for completing over 2,700,000 foot and rifle drill movements in 23 hours and 55 minutes.

The Queen’s Colour Squadron is the Royal Air Force’s dedicated ceremonial unit, responsible for representing the Royal Air Force at both state and national ceremonial occasions; providing Guards of Honour for the Royal Family, as well as heads of state, dignitaries and other VIPs.

The Squadron’s ceremonial duties also include mounting The Queen’s Guard on behalf of the Royal Air Force at the London Palaces and Windsor Castle.

The Queen’s Colour Squadron is renowned for its Continuity Drill Displays and has thrilled audiences around the world including Germany, Poland, Holland, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and the United States of America.

In 2017 the Squadron introduced LED Lights into the Continuity Drill Displays, allowing the creation of bespoke shapes and routines to add emphasis to the drill movements and an overpowering effect to the routine.

Booking Enquiries 

The Queen’s Colour Squadron can consider requests up to 12 months in advance of your engagement, therefore an early submission is recommended. Enquiries should be made through RAF Ceremonial Cell at RAF Northolt. They will present any requests to the Engagement Officer below.

Contact Us

Engagement based on availability and Financial Categories.

PDF - Enquiry and Booking Form

PDF - Financial Categories Information

Contact the Engagements Officer

Flying Officer Ben Protheroe

Email: benjamin.protheroe100@mod.gov.uk

Phone: 0208 8426016

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Roles of the Queen's Colour Squadron

1943 – The RAF Drill Unit, manned exclusively by Officers and Gunners of The RAF Regiment mount Queen’s Guard for the first time.

1951 – On the 26 May 51, Princess Elizabeth presents the RAF with its first Colour; The Kings Colour.

1960 – On 1 Nov 60, The Queen’s Colour Squadron was formed to replace the RAF Drill Unit, still manned by RAF Regiment personnel only.

1990 - After the Cold War, QCS was given a field role as Number 63 Squadron RAF Regiment. It holds a dual role capability (ceremonial and field squadron) to the present    day.

2003 - QCS deployed as 63 Squadron to provide ground defence to air assets in Basra

2018 – The QCS were central in the centenary celebrations of the Royal Air Force, culminating on 10 Jul 18 with Queen Elizabeth II presenting the Squadron with a new Colour.

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