The Queen’s Colour Squadron falls under 2 Force Protection Wing and is the RAFs dedicated ceremonial unit, responsible for representing the RAF at both state and national ceremonial occasions, and providing Guards of Honour for the Royal Family, heads of state, dignitaries and other VIPs.

The Queen's Colour Squadron custodian has the honour of providing the Escort Squadron whenever the Colour is paraded.  With other ceremonial duties also include mounting The Queen’s Guard on behalf of the RAF at the London Palaces and Windsor Castle.

Manned exclusively by the Officers and Gunners of the RAF Regiment, the Queen's Colour Squadron holds a dual role capability as a regular field squadron under 63 Squadron RAF Regiment.

The Queen’s Colour Squadron is renowned for its Continuity Drill Displays and has thrilled audiences around the world including Germany, Poland, Holland, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and the United States of America.  They also hold the world record for completing over 2,700,000 foot and rifle drill movements in 23 hours and 55 minutes.

Booking Enquiries 

The Queen’s Colour Squadron can consider requests up to 12 months in advance of your engagement, therefore an early submission is recommended. Enquiries should be made through RAF Ceremonial Cell at RAF Northolt. They will present any requests to the Engagement Officer below.

Contact Us

Engagement based on availability and Financial Categories.

PDF - Enquiry and Booking Form

PDF - Financial Categories Information

Contact the Engagements Officer

Flying Officer James Grant

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0208 8426016

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Roles of the Queen's Colour Squadron

1943 - The RAF Drill Unit, manned exclusively by Officers and Gunners of The RAF Regiment mount Queen’s Guard for the first time

1951 - On the 26 May 51, Princess Elizabeth presents the RAF with its first Colour; The Kings Colour

1960 - On 1 November 60, The Queen’s Colour Squadron was formed to replace the RAF Drill Unit, still manned by RAF Regiment personnel only.

1990 - After the Cold War, Queen's Colour Squadron was given a field role as 63 Squadron RAF Regiment.  It holds a dual role capability (ceremonial and field squadron) to the present day

2003 - Deployed as 63 Squadron to provide ground defence to air assets in Basra

2017 - LED lights introduced into the Continuity Drill Displays, allowing the creation of bespoke shapes and routines to add emphasis to the drill movements and an overpowering effect to the routine

2018 - Centenary celebrations of the RAF, culminating on 10 Jul 2018 with Queen Elizabeth II presenting the Squadron with a new Colour

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