"They're changing guard at Buckingham Palace"
January 30, 2010 6:11 PM Subscribe
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In 1660, the Coldstream Regiment of Foot Guards marched from Scotland to London under the command of General Monck, and helped end Parliamentary rule and restored the monarchy under Charles II. 350 years later, to honour their former commander and to help raise funds for their injured colleagues, soldiers from the Coldstream Guards recreated the march in aid of charity
The Coldstream Guards
- who are known for their ceremonial role as the Guards at Buckingham Palace - is the oldest Corps by continuous existence in the British Army.
General George Monck
led a small army of around 6,000 men out of Scotland and marched south for London. His trip took 34 days amidst severe weather conditions. Once in London the General seized control of Parliament and eventually ensured the restoration of the exiled Charles Stuart to the throne. Charles II rewarded him with a pension and a dukedom.
The Regiment was instrumental
in putting Charles II back on the throne, thereby re-establishing the Monarchy and restoring civil liberty to England.
The charity is the British Army Benevolent Fund, the official charity of the British Army, which gives support to serving soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need.
Captain Mark Hayhurst:
'We are just hoping that the people will turn up and cheer us on in what we are doing. All our limbs are painful but we have got to be thankful that we have limbs to hurt."