Dorset soldier given the honour of guarding The Queen's residences

Dorset soldier given the honour of guarding The Queen's residences

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:37am 24th July 2020.

A Dorset soldier has been carrying out Public Duties guarding the royal residences of Her Majesty The Queen.

28-year-old Corporal Ryan David Kingston, who is serving with The King's Royal Hussars based in Tidworth Wiltshire, joined his army colleagues as they embarked on their ceremonial duties at royal residences in London and Windsor.

This is a proud moment for the cavalry regiment as it marks the first time in their 305 year history that they have had the privilege of providing troops for the Queen's Guard at St James's Palace and Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle Guard and the Tower of London Guard.

Ryan who is now part of regimental history said:

"This is one of the highest honours any regiment can be awarded and for me to be given this unique opportunity is a huge privilege."

Ryan who comes from Littlebredy, Dorset and attended Sir John Colfox Language College in Bridport, is a Tank Commander and Gunnery Instructor training soldiers on the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.

 

Corporal Ryan David Kingston 2

He joined the British Army in 2009 as he "wanted to serve in Afghanistan", that wish came true when he deployed in 2012 on Op HERRICK 15 as a military working dog handler and got to work alongside Danish Troops and the US Marine Corps. His military service has taken him to Canada, France and Estonia and also given him the opportunity to ski and play squash at Corps level. 

The role of Public Duties is to guard the Sovereign and protect the palaces, and Ryan whose parents live in the Bride Valley said: 

"My parents are very proud to say that their son is in a position where he is protecting Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family."