The Queen was all smiles as she marked a Canadian military milestone by meeting with the country’s troops guarding her home at Windsor Castle.

In the guardhouse of the royal residence, the Head of State spoke with soldiers of the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, stationed to protect the castle.

His visit commemorated the 150th anniversary of the founding of regular elements of the post-Confederation Canadian Army.

Queen Elizabeth II meets the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery
The Queen meets members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery at Windsor Castle (Steve Parsons / PA)

The monarch paid tribute to Commonwealth soldiers by wearing her diamond maple leaf brooch, adorned with platinum-set gemstones and in the shape of Canada’s national emblem.

Earlier this week, troops with colleagues from the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (RCA), supported by the RCAF Band, became the first overseas forces to receive the honor of the Guard of the Queen at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle since the start of the pandemic.

The Queen, who is the captain general of the RCA, was casually dressed in a cardigan-style coat, blouse and skirt for the event at her Berkshire residence where she spent much of her time. of the Covid-19 crisis.

Queen Elizabeth II meets the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery
The Queen takes a closer look at the sword presented to the Captain General’s Sword at the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (Steve Parsons / PA)

After speaking to the soldiers, the Queen presented the Captain General’s sword to the members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery on the parade ground.

The sword will be used annually to recognize “exemplary leadership in the rank of captain” by an officer selected from each of the Regular Force and Reserve Force components of the regiment.