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Changing of the guard to Jamaica; MILITARY.

The Jamaican Defence Force stood guard at Buckingham Palace yesterday.

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion Jamaican Regiment proudly took their places on the forecourt of the famous royal residence for their historic duty.

The Caribbean troops, in their smart red tunics, black peaked caps and trousers, have been invited to mount The Queen's Guard at the palace on alternate days for a period of one month.

They will also be on guard at Windsor Castle at the end of July.

Accompanied by a Jamaican Regimental Band, the soldiers marched from Wellington Barracks to the palace, through its ornate iron gates.

Known as Changing the Guard or Guard Mounting, the process involves an exchange of guard duty.

A spokesman for London District denied the Jamaican Defence Force had been called in to help guard the Queen because the Army was so heavily deployed on operations.
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Date:Jul 20, 2007
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