Canadian soldier becomes first female infantry officer to take command of troops guarding Buckingham Palace

A Canadian soldier became the first female infantry officer to take command of troops guarding Queen Elizabeth's Buckingham Palace residence in London on Monday, June 26.

Captain Megan Couto, 24, led the Queen's Guard while visiting Britain to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Canada, one of the 15 nations in addition to the United Kingdom which has the 91-year-old queen as head of state.

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Captain Megan Couto (C) of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) leads her battalion to makes history as the first woman to command the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / John Stillwell (Photo credit should read JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), makes history as she becomes the first woman to command the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace, London, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, poses for a photograph as she prepares to command the Queen's Guard, during the Changing of the Guard ceremony, to become the first female officer to do so, at Wellington Barracks, in London, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), makes history as she becomes the first woman to command the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace, London, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool
Captain Megan Couto (REAR R) of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), makes history as she becomes the first woman to command the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace, London, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia?s Canadian Light Infantry, poses for a photograph at Wellington Barracks, in central London, Britain June 26, 2017. Couto will make history today when she commands the Queen's Guard, during the Changing of the Guard ceremony, at Buckingham Palace, and becomes the first female officer to do so. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), makes history as she becomes the first female infantry officer to command the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace, London, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, poses for a photograph as she prepares to command the Queen's Guard, during the Changing of the Guard ceremony, to become the first female officer to do so, at Wellington Barracks, in London, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), makes history as she becomes the first woman to command the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace, London, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, makes final preparations with colleagues in the parade ground at Wellington Barracks as she becomes the first female officer to command the Queen's Guard, during the Changing of the Guard ceremony, at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), makes history as she becomes the first woman to command the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace, London, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia?s Canadian Light Infantry, poses for a photograph at Wellington Barracks, in central London, Britain June 26, 2017. Couto will make history today when she commands the Queen's Guard, during the Changing of the Guard ceremony, at Buckingham Palace, and becomes the first female infantry officer to do so. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (C), commands the Queen's Guard, during the Changing of the Guard ceremony, to become the first female officer to do so, at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (L), commands the Queen's Guard, during the Changing of the Guard ceremony, to become the first female infantry officer to do so, at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (C), commands the Queen's Guard, during the Changing of the Guard ceremony, to become the first female infantry officer to do so, at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (R), commands the Queen's Guard, during the Changing of the Guard ceremony, to become the first female infantry officer to do so, at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 26: Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), makes history as she becomes the first woman to command the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Stillwell/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
CLONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 26: aptain Megan Couto (back right) of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), makes history as she becomes the first female to command the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace on June 26, 2017 in London, England. The PPCLI is taking part in ceremonial duties as the Queen's Guard in the UK, accompanied by the Royal Canadian Artillery Band and is part of the Canadian 150th celebrations. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Captain Megan Couto of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia?s Canadian Light Infantry, poses for a photograph at Wellington Barracks, in central London, Britain June 26, 2017. Couto will make history today when she commands the Queen's Guard, during the Changing of the Guard ceremony, at Buckingham Palace, and becomes the first female officer to do so. REUTERS/Toby Melville
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Guard duties are normally carried out by troops from the Household Division, who have protected the sovereign and royal palaces since 1660. A detachment of the unit has carried out duties at Buckingham Palace since Elizabeth's great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria moved there in 1837.

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