The Regiment of Canadian Guards was formed in 1953. It was truly a national regiment, with men being recruited from sea to sea. The Regiment used national symbolism in its identity – the use of 10 points on its cap badge (for the 10 provinces), the adoption of Canada’s motto, the use of the national colors in the shoulder flashes and bearskin plumes. The Colonel in Chief, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, took a personal interest in the development of the Regiment and the design of the uniforms.
Depot life and training was the heart and soul of the Regiment. After twenty weeks of training, a recruit had been transformed into knowledgeable, tough sharp soldiers and leaders. Guardsmen excelled at sports, competitions (like shooting, boxing tug-of-war, and track and field). They also excelled at ceremonial duties, which was one of their most important roles. The Regiment took on the responsibility of the Changing of the Guard at Parliament Hill, and took part in hundreds of Guards of Honour for dignitaries, heads of state and world leaders, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the late John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America.
Between 1953 and 1970 the Regiment was involved in numerous deployments, including Korea, Germany Cyprus and Denmark. In 1970 the Regiment of Canadian Guards was reduced to nil strength, and became a part Canada’s honourable and distinguished military history.