It’s great to do this ceremonial piece and have the Royal Navy in the public eye in this way

Lieutenant Commander Steve Elliott, who will be the Captain of the Queen’s Guard

The first Changing of the Guard will take place on Sunday 26 November 2017 at Buckingham Palace. Then on Monday 27 November 2017 they will also mount guard for the first time at Windsor Castle.

Warrant Officer 1st Class Eddie Wearing, the Royal Navy’s state ceremonial training officer, said: “It’s daunting, but I’m very excited. To be the conducting Warrant Officer for the first mount ever in the Royal Navy is a massive privilege and an honour to do. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Each period of guard duty lasts for two days, with each new guard assembling at the Wellington Barracks parade square before marching with the Royal Marines Band out to meet their ceremonial duties.

Leading them throughout will be Lieutenant Commander Steve Elliott, from Portsmouth, who will be the Captain of the Queen’s Guard. It is believed he will be the first person in the Royal Navy to assume the role since Sir Walter Raleigh in 1587.

“As we march out of Wellington Barracks for the first time I’m fairly sure everyone will feel an enormous sense of pride,” said Lt Cdr Elliott, who is undertaking the role before he deploys on operations to Somalia in January.

“It’s great to do this ceremonial piece and have the Royal Navy in the public eye in this way.”

The ceremony of the Changing of the Guard can be traced back to Henry VII, when a royal bodyguard was created. Guards regiments were formed to protect King Charles II in 1656.