Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard at Rideau Hall

June 21, 2023

OTTAWA, Ontario—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, invites the public to join her for the annual Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard, on the grounds of Rideau Hall on Friday, June 23, 2023, at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will include a military parade, an inspection of the guard and the band, and a viceregal salute.

About the Ceremonial Guard

The Ceremonial Guard was established by the Canadian Army on behalf of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to plan, prepare and execute public duties in Canada’s Capital Region during the summer. Every guard, musician and member of the support staff is a trained Regular or Reserve member of the CAF. During the summer months, in addition to sentry duty at Rideau Hall, they perform the Changing of the Guard ceremony on Parliament Hill and carry out sentry duties at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located at the National War Memorial. When required, the Ceremonial Guard mounts guards of honour for visiting dignitaries.

Date:               Friday, June 23, 2023
Time:              10:00 a.m.
Location:       Grounds of Rideau Hall

In the event of inclement weather, the decision to cancel the inspection will be made at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 23, 2023.

Notes for media:

  • To guarantee access to the ceremony, we ask that media please confirm in advance with the Rideau Hall Press Office at
  • Media are asked to arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 9:30 a.m. on the day of the ceremony.
  • Official photos of the ceremony will be made available upon request.

Related links:

Media information
Rideau Hall Press Office

Department of National Defence

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