Snitterfield Women's Institute had a most interesting speaker for their June meeting. Lt Col Gerald Lesinski, Master of Lord Leycester Hospital, gave a very enlightening talk about the ceremonial duties of the Queen's guards. He emphasised that these were serving officers from the Grenadiers, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards who, when not on active service abroad, were there to protect their Commander in Chief: the Queen.

He showed many interesting slides highlighting the different uniforms and how to identify the different regiments by their bearskins, buttons and sashes.The bearskins come from Canadian black bears and vary according to the regiment even to being from either a female or male bear. His talk was interspersed with anecdotes of his contact with the Royal Family making for a very informative and amusing presentation.

We look forward to him coming again to talk more about Royal Occasions.