Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 20, 2011 10:26 ET

Media Advisory: Annual Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 20, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, invites the public to join him for the annual inspection of the Ceremonial Guard, on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at 10 a.m., on the grounds of Rideau Hall. Following the inspection, the Governor General will address the Guard.

The Ceremonial Guard performs a variety of public duties in Ottawa between late June and the end of August. In addition to sentry duty at Rideau Hall, they perform in the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony on Parliament Hill; in the mounting of guards of honour during visits by dignitaries; and in public concerts, military functions or other ceremonies throughout the National Capital Region.

Over the course of the summer, visitors can come to Rideau Hall and witness the pageantry, precision and colour of the Relief of the Sentries, which runs from June 27 to August 26, every hour, on the hour, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sentries, led by a piper, march to their posts in front of the residence and at Sussex Gate.

In the event of inclement weather, the decision to cancel the inspection will be made at 8:30 a.m. on June 22, 2011.

Media covering the inspection of the Ceremonial Guard at Rideau Hall should arrive at the front façade of Rideau Hall no later than 9:45 a.m.

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