The Queen's Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force 63 Squadron


On November 1st 1960 the Royal Air Force Drill Unit was renamed the Queen's Colour Squadron and from that day has been manned exclusively by officers and airmen of the Royal Air Force Regiment.

The Queen's Colour Squadron is the Royal Air Force's only dedicated ceremonial unit and has the privilege to be custodian of the Queen's Colour for the RAF in the UK. The first Colour presented to the Royal Air Force, the King's Colour, was bestowed on 26 May 1951 by Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth on behalf of His Majesty King George VI.

The Queen's Colour Squadron is responsible for representing the Royal Air Force at the highest profile ceremonial occasions; it provides Guards of Honour for our own Royal Family, as well as visiting royalty, heads of state and dignitaries.

The Squadron's ceremonial duties also include mounting The Queen's Guard on behalf of the Royal Air Force at the London Palaces and Windsor Castle. The Royal Air Force Regiment first mounted guard as part of the Royal Air Force's 25th anniversary in 1943. The ceremony was attended by King George and Queen Elizabeth and has become a regular occurrence ever since.

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 USA. The Squadron appears in the Guinness Book of Records having completed over 2,700,000 foot and rifle drill movements continuously in 23 hours and 55 minutes.

In addition to its ceremonial responsibilities, the Squadron also has an operational role as 63 Squadron, Royal Air Force Regiment. The RAF Regiment has regular and Auxiliary squadrons held at high readiness, responsible for providing large scale Force Protection to deployed airmen and aircraft, while also deploying specialist teams who can provide the intimate protection for aircraft and personnel on discrete tasks. The RAF Regiment remain central to the secure delivery of Air Power and the Defence Mission in an uncertain, changing and challenging world. Formed on the 1st of February 1942, the RAF Regiment this year celebrates its 75th anniversary.