Royal Navy sailors are to perform the Changing the Guard, often also referred to as the Changing of the Guard, at Buckingham Palace for the first time in the ceremony’s 357 year history. The sailors will also perform Royal Duties at St James’s Palace, Windsor Castle and the Tower of London. There will be 86 sailors from 45 different Royal Navy ships performing the ceremony after months of preparation at their headquarters in Portsmouth. Lt Cdr Steve Elliott will be Captain of the Queen’s Guard. He is believed to be the first in the Royal Navy since Sir Walter Raleigh in 1587. The Changing the Guard ceremony is usually carried out by one of the Foot Guard Regiments in their red military tunics. 2018 is set to be marked as the ‘Year of the Navy’ which is why there’s a change. The Changing the Guard is the ceremony where one set of guards hands over the responsibility of protecting Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace to the New Guard. The Old Guard march at 11am from Buckingham Palace accompanied by their regimental band, and the New Guard then marches from Wellington Barracks to take over. They also march with their regimental band. The ceremony can be traced back to the time of King Henry VII which was when the role of a royal bodyguard was first created, however, the ceremony itself has been taken place since the restoration of King Charles II in 1660.
A Cap Tally is a black nylon ribbon which is usually tied into a bow on the left-hand side of a Royal Navy sailor’s cap. The tally is black with a gold inscription and usually bears the name of the ship to which the sailor belongs. During World War II the ship’s name was often left off the cap tally to protect the ship from any espionage. A Cap Tally bow is notoriously difficult to tie. The ribbon is wrapped round the hat, with the inscription positioned in the middle of the hat. A bow is tied to the left of the cap. Watch the video below to learn how to tie your cap tally. Wyedean stocks many different Cap Tallies for the Royal Navy. To view our range click here. We are also able to manufacture bespoke cap tallies with a custom name. Please note that due to the setup of the machine, each design comes as a set of two. The cost per design is £25. For larger quantities we do offer a significant discount. To order your custom cap tally and view available price breaks, click here. To order multiple designs of cap tallies click here. Please note a minimum order of 2 per design is still required.
HMS Queen Elizabeth is the lead ship of the Queen Elizabeth-class of aircraft carrier, with HMS Prince of Wales following closely behind in 2017. A new type of supercarrier, they are to be the future flagships of the nation. The ship is to be the largest warship built for the Royal Navy and can carry up to forty aircraft. She is due to be commissioned in May of 2017 with the former captain of HMS Ark Royal and HMS Illustrious, Commodore Jerry Kyd, to be her first Commanding Officer. Both HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales will be versatile enough to be used for operations ranging from supporting war efforts to providing air and disaster relief. She is the second vessel to be named HMS Queen Elizabeth and is to be based in Portsmouth. Design- The estimated budget for the two new ships was £6,200 million with the construction starting in 2009. HMS Queen Elizabeth is being built in six different UK ship yards and will be 280 metres long. Future Work- The crew will move aboard during December 2016 ready for her sea trials in March. In 2020 an ‘operational military capability’ will be declared, meaning The HMS Queen Elizabeth is ready to be deployed. Aircraft – HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are expected to be able to carry a maximum of thirty-six F-35s and four helicopters. The deck of the ship can be marked out for up to ten medium helicopters landing at once, which would allow up to 250 troops to lift off at once. HMS Prince of Wales- The Prince of Wales is the second of the new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers. Also measuring 280 metres in length and weighing 70,600 tons, the vessel will be ready for duties around the globe by the year 2023. HMS Queen Elizabeth is part of the Surface Fleet which forms the core of the Royal Navy; powerfully handled warships, helping to protect our Nation. The two ships will be used by all three sectors of the Armed Forces providing eight acres of sovereign territory around the world. Wyedean holds the contract for Royal Navy Ship Badge, also known as Ship Crests or Ship Plaques. The Ship Badges are often presented as military gifts or memorabilia. Our newest plaques to be added to the webstore are HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales. View the crests here. We also stock the captallies for HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales.