Queens' Guard (College of William and Mary)

Queens' Guard (College Of William And Mary)

Queens' Guard (College of William and Mary)

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The Queens' Guard is a ceremonial unit at the College of William & Mary. The unit is recognized by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and is composed of students of the College. It is the only unit called "Queens' Guard" recognized by the British monarchy in the United States of America. It is not an organization attached to any military, but is under the advisement of the William & Mary Department of Military Science.

The name uses the possessive plural Queens' in recognition of the three Queens of Great Britain considered patrons of the College: Queen Mary II, who with her joint Sovereign William III granted the royal charter for the creation of the College; Queen Anne, who in 1708 granted money for the rebuilding of the College after a devastating fire; and Queen Elizabeth II, who visited the College in 1957 and 2007 and for whom the Queens' Guard was created.


During Elizabeth II's visit to the College on October 16, 1957 in commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the colonization of Jamestown, Virginia, a unit of cadets from the College's US Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps was selected to serve as an honor guard for Her Majesty and His Royal Highness, Prince Philip. A successor to this honor guard, known as the Queens' Guard, was established on February 8, 1961, the 268th anniversary of the chartering of the College. A letter dated September 11, 1961 and signed by a representative of the Queen expresses Her Majesty's...
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