Royal Navy sailors will replace Coldstream Guards for the first time ever when they perform Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace later this month.

The new guards will wear navy blue greatcoats with white belts and white caps, replacing the traditional guards uniform of red and black, seen below. 

Eight-six sailors from 45 Royal Navy ships will guard Her Majesty at ceremonial occasions at Buckingham Palace and her home residence of Windsor Castle. They will also be conducting duties at St James's Palace and the Tower of London. 

Royal Marines have also completed the Queen's Guard on three occasions but it will be the first time that the honour has fallen to Royal Navy sailors.

The Royal Navy Changing the Guard will take place at the Palace on Sunday, November 26, followed by Windsor Castle on Monday, November 27.

Warrant Officer Eddie Wearing, the Navy's state ceremonial training officer, said: 'It's daunting but I'm very excited. It's something I've been pushing for since I started in-post. 

"To be the conducting Warrant Officer for the first mount ever in the Royal Navy is a massive privilege and an honour to do. I'm really looking forward to it."

Lieutenant Commander Steve Elliott, 44, from Portsmouth, will lead the sailors in the role of Captain of the Queen’s Guard.

Lieutenant Elliott said: “As we march out of Wellington Barracks for the first time I’m fairly sure everyone will grow a good eight to 10 inches.

“It’s great to do this ceremonial piece and have the Royal Navy back in the public eye as well as act as a capstone to the year of the Royal Navy.”