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.
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.
Engagement based on availability and Financial Categories.
PDF - Enquiry and Booking Form
Contact the Engagements Officer
Flying Officer James Grant
Phone: 0208 8426016