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The Royal Family Quietly Broke Down A Glass Ceiling That Was 500 Years Old

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The Queen's Guard is an elite military force that is charged with keeping the Queen of England safe. They're also the ones that millions of tourists see every year performing the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

The Queen's Guard, or something like it, has existed since Henry VIII created the Sovereign Bodyguard in 1509. Elite soldiers gain ranks through exemplary service and it remains one of the most prestigious positions in the Queen's Army.

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Queen Elizabeth is the current Head of State of all countries in the British Commonwealth. Nations including Canada, Australia, Barbados and others. Soldiers from those countries also make up The Queen's Guard.

This year is a special year for Canada and it will mark the northern nation's 150th birthday. To celebrate the big day, the UK bestowed the honor of commanding The Queen's Guard on a Canadian division of infantry: Princess Patricia's Light Infantry Battalion.

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It ended up being a lot bigger gesture than any could have realized, and resulted in a big first step.

See how The Queen's Guard made history on the next page.

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