This Day in History: 1953-06-04

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II had expressed a wish to see the Queen’s Truncheon, which had been presented to the Regiment by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria for loyal services during the Indian Mutiny of 1857. The Truncheon was in London and had taken part in her Coronation Ceremony on 2nd June, and on the 4th it was taken to Buckingham Palace. To commemorate the event an inscribed silver band was put on the shaft of the Truncheon. After the ceremony the Truncheon Party encountered the 4-year old Prince Charles, thought to be the first occasion he met members of the Regiment of which he would eventually be Colonel in Chief.