“They are the most recognisable soldiers in the UK, if not the world. The public face of royal ceremony, resplendent in bearskins and scarlet tunics, they stand guard outside Britain's royal residences, most famously Buckingham Palace. But the Grenadier Guards are also the most senior infantry regiment in the British Army and they are also one of the oldest, “ states the programme guide for the series GuardingThe Queen to be broadcast over three weeks on The Biography Channel, 630pm to 730pm from Sunday 11 January, 2009.
According to the guide, Guarding the Queen provides a rare behind the scenes insight into their journey from rookie recruits to carrying out important duties outside Buckingham Palace and on the front line.
“Between December 2006 to June 2007 cameras have exclusively followed the Nijmegen Company who form a key part of the Household Division of the Grenadier Guards. Their job at Wellington Barracks in London includes guarding both the Queen, and the Crown Jewels at The Tower of London. It is the first time the Grenadiers have been filmed in ten years.
“In the first of this three-part series, the Queen celebrates the 350th anniversary of the Grenadiers with a party at Windsor Castle. For commanding officer Colonel Carew Hatherley it's a very proud moment.
"We're carrying on 350 years of serving the monarchy – that's ten kings and three queens. It's part of the living history of Great Britain," he says.