TORONTO – Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday met with a group of Canadian artillery soldiers who are stationed in the UK and performing guard duty at Windsor Castle.

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The Queen was photographed wearing a maple leaf brooch while greeting members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery United Kingdom Public Duty team in the guardroom of Windsor Castle. He also visited soldiers’ residences and heard from them about their homes and families in Canada, the royal family Said on social media.

As Sovereign of Canada, the Queen has served as the regiment’s captain general since her coronation. The Queen also presented the Captain General’s Sword, which is awarded annually to an officer who displayed “exemplary leadership”.

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A group of 90 soldiers from the regiment had been serving with the Queen’s Guard since Monday, many of whom are based out of Manitoba’s CFB Shiloh. For the “Changing of the Guard” ceremonies, the Guard will also be accompanied by a 36-person Royal Canadian Artillery Band based in Edmonton.

In addition to Windsor Castle, members of the regiment are stationed at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and the Tower of London.

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This is the first time the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery is on duty in the UK. The visit is to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the regiment’s A and B batteries. A and B Batteries was founded in Kingston, Ont. and Quebec City, respectively, in 1871 and were the first permanent units of the Canadian Army.

The regiment will return home on 22 October.