'A privilege and a pleasure' - Coventry soldier on Queen's Guard duties at Tower of London and Windsor Castle - The Coventry Observer

14th Aug, 2022

'A privilege and a pleasure' - Coventry soldier on Queen's Guard duties at Tower of London and Windsor Castle

Tristan Harris 21st Jul, 2021 Updated: 21st Jul, 2021

A COVENTRY soldier has been conducting public duties as the Queen’s Guard at the Tower of London and Windsor Castle.

Lance Corporal Abbie Pratt, 20, who is usually a Logistics Supply Specialist, has learned a multitude of new military skills while undertaking the role.

L Cpl Pratt joined the Royal Logistic Corps in 2017 and – for the past few months – has been working hard fulfilling public duties in London and Windsor, a role usually carried out by the Household Division.

27 Regiment RLC, based in Aldershot, is responsible for the logistic chain that sustains the Army and wider defence activity, both at home and overseas.

L Cpl Pratt, who has also been deployed to Kenya and Holland and is working towards becoming a Section Commander in the RLC, said: “‘It’s a privilege and a pleasure to be taking part in such a fantastic opportunity, giving me confidence and strength.

“I’ll also have cherished memories that will stay with me for my whole army career.”

She undertook many weeks of preparation, including formation marching, equipment maintenance and hours of polishing drill boots, all under the watchful gaze of the 1st Battalion

The Grenadiers Guards who acted as mentors.

The Regiment passed their fit for role inspection and took up their duties.

Due to Covid restrictions, they were unable to fully participate in any ceremonial duties but were still able to showcase their professionalism and skill outside their primary role.

Mjr Rebecca Melly RLC, Officer Commanding 91 Squadron said the 91 Supply Squadron, 27 Regiment RLC soldiers were excited to be given the prestigious honour of guarding The Queen’s Royal Palaces and the Tower of London.

She added they should all be extremely proud of their achievements and sterling performance as ambassadors for the Corps.

“They trained hard and were disciplined and immaculate in the delivery of their duties, receiving some impressive plaudits from the most distinguished advocates.”

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