Queen's Colour Squadron


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

1960 - The Royal Air Force Drill Unit, which had been is existence since the early 1920s, formed into the Queen's Colour Squadron on 1st November.

1990 - As part of the restructuring of the RAF after the Cold War, QCS was given a field role under the number 63 Squadron RAF Regiment. The unit was formed in 1943, and saw service in Northern Ireland, the Far East and the Falklands War.

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

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