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.