THE COMPANY OF PIKEMEN & MUSKETEERS
The Pikemen and Musketeers are one of the ceremonial units of the HAC and are dressed and equipped as members of the Company would have been in the 1640s. They are tasked with providing a Body Guard for the Lord Mayor of the City of London and escorting him when he is on official business. These duties are primarily at Guildhall and Mansion House but also at livery halls and other events. The Company also provides guards of honour and carpet guards at Armoury House when the HAC is entertaining guests.
Apart from parading for City functions, the Pikemen and Musketeers have provided carpet guards for functions at Royal Palaces, taken part in the British Military Tattoo at Earls Court, the 500th
anniversary celebrations for the Pontifical Swiss Guard in Rome and represented the British Army at the 90th
anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Vittorio Veneto in northern Italy.
Only veteran members of the HAC who have had proven efficient service in the HAC’s Territorial Army regiment are eligible to join the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers. All join in the lowest rank. Members are unpaid but give freely of their own time for drill practice and rehearsals as well as the parades and guards themselves.
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