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Finally a Woman Commands the Queen’s Guard after 500 Years

Finally a Woman Commands the Queen’s Guard after 500 Years

500 Year History is Broken as First Woman Takes Command of the Queen’s Guard,
Megan Coutu is the New Captain of the Queen’s Guard,
Queen’s Guard Gets Its First Female Captain,
Female Captain Takes Over the Command of the Queen’s Guard,
For The First Time in 500 Years the queen’s Guard is Under a Woman’s Captainship,
500 Year Ceiling is Broken as Female Captain Takes Command of the Queen’s Guard,
A Woman is the New Captain of the Queen’s Guard,
Queens Guard is Finally Not an Exclusive Male Club as Woman Takes over as Leader,
500-Year Record Broken as Woman Heads Queen’s Guard

Where does the Queen of England live again?  773-fortress called Buckingham Palace where she is under 24-hour protection from an elite military force known as the Queen’s Guard.

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Unfortunately, none of the captains who have commanded the 500-year old elite force were women. However, this has changed this year. The glass ceiling has been broken!

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The royal guard is one of the main attractions to the millions of tourists who visit the Buckingham Palace. They want to go there and witness them perform the old ritual of changing the guard.

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The royal guard has been in existence since the reign of Henry VIII who was responsible for creating a Sovereign Bodyguard back in 1509.

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To become a part of the Queen’s Guard, one has to show proof of exemplary service. It is only after this that a soldier can be admitted into the Queen’s Guard. It is considered one of the most prestigious positions in the Royal Army.

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The current head of the royal family, Queen Elizabeth, also happens to be the head of state to all the countries in the commonwealth such Australia, Canada, and Barbados. The Queen’s Guard has soldiers from those countries.

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Year 2017 is a special year for Canada. The country is celebrating her 150th birthday. To show respect to the head of state, the country has given her the honor of commanding one of their army infantries – the Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry Battalion.

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The gesture was not supposed to be a big deal but it ended up raising a lot of hullabaloo as the guard’s 500 year history was broken when Captain Megan Coutu became the head of the Battalion’s fighting force. She is the first female captain of the Queen’s Guard.

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“Any of my colleagues would be excited to be a Captain of The Queen’s Guard. I feel honored and I am focusing on doing my work the best way I know how.” Said Megan

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Apparently, it was just in July 2016 that women were allowed to even fight in close combat in the United Kingdom. To make captain of the Queen’s Guard a year later is a big deal for Megan and other women in the military. It is marks the first step towards modernizing the British military.

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And the lady has not disappointed. She runs a colorful ceremony of changing guards at Buckingham Palace.

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As you visit London to see the Changing of Guards ceremony, know that you are witnessing history being made. The soldiers are trained by and run by Captain Megan Coutu.

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Her promotion means so much for other women in the fighting roles everywhere. She is an inspiration to hundreds of women aspiring to serve their countries as soldiers.

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