Queen's Colour Squadron

The drill and ceremonial face of the RAF Regiment, and an active field squadron.


  • 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 guard on Buckingham palace in 1943 on the 25th anniversary of the RAF as the RAF Drill Unit.
  • Deploys operationally under the guise of 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


1960 - The Royal Air Force Drill Unit, which had been is existence since the early 1920s, formed into the Queen's Colour Squadron (QCS).

1990 - 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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