Behind the scenes with the Istana Ceremonial GuardsIt's hard work and discipline as the SAF Military Police trains for the first Changing of Guards ceremony of the year.
Producer / Thrina Tham
Photographer / Chai Sian Liang
Cameraman / Vince Sia
Known for its pomp and pageantry, the Changing of Guards (COG) ceremony at the Istana takes place on the first Sunday evening of every month (save for July and August).
It's a treat for audiences as the Istana Ceremonial Guards march down Orchard Road to the drumming beat of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Band, accompanied by the Silent Precision Drill Squad.
The first ceremony took place in 1969 and remains as a formal tradition to signify outgoing sentry guards being relieved by a new batch.
The guards come from the Law Enforcement Ceremonial Company in the SAF Military Police Command's Military Police Enforcement Unit. On top of other duties, they train four hours a day for about three days in the lead-up to the COG ceremony.
Here's a look at their training at Mowbray Camp:
What do Military Police 3SG Speed Lim and LCP Muhammad Ryan feel about their training? Find out here: