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Large service involvement for Royal Tour



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TUESDAY. MARCH 1, 1977.

LARGE SERVICE INVOLVEMENT FOR ROYAL TOUR

The Armed Services have a large behind-the-scenes

as well as ceremonial role to play in the forthcoming silver

jubilee Royal visit to Australia.

Highlight of the Service involvement - the tri­

Service guard of honour for the opening of Federal Parliament,

followed by a special silver jubilee parade and fly-past - will

be seen live throughout Australia on television.

Service guards of honour, bands and saluting batteries

will be provided in all the principal centres the Queen visits.

A Royal Australian Armoured Corps lieutenant colonel,

Peter Badman, has been appointed her Australian equerry for

the visit.

The 3,670 tonne Daring Class destroyer HMAS Vampire,

commanded by Captain Anthony Horton, will escort the Royal

Yacht Britannia in Australian waters.

The Navy will also provide one officer and seven .

sailors to join Britannia's ship's company at the same time.

For the first time since 1954 - the occasion of her

first visit to Australia - officer cadets from the Royal . t

Military College, Duntroon, will provide the ceremonial house

guard while the Queen is staying at Government House, Canberra.

The Air Force will fly the Queen in its BAG 111 and

HS 748 VIP- aircraft throughout her mainland tour.

Coupled with this, the RAAF has the not inconsiderable

task of ensuring that the Royal luggage is at each destination

when required.

. · While the aircraft are oh the ground, they will be

protected by members of the RAAF and guard dogs.

Largely unnoticed tasks to be performed by the

Services during the tour include the provision of flag .

orderlies, ushers, communications parties, route markers and

medical and car door orderlies.

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Further Enquiries: Major Bob Cornish 65 2999 (office hours) 47 0851 (after hours)

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