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The Company of Pikemen & Musketeers is a ceremonial unit of the Honourable Artillery Company (the 'HAC) and one of only six royally-warranted bodies in the UK. It is tasked by His Majesty The King to provide a ceremonial bodyguard to the Lord Mayor of the City of London.
The Company escorts the Lord Mayor's State Coach on the Lord Mayor's Show and provides carpet guards for dinners and banquets at Mansion House and Guildhall. It contributes to the colour and pageantry of many events in the City, regularly turning out for livery companies, ward clubs and at other events.
The Venetian red uniform members wear is identical to that worn by the
HAC in the reign of Charles I. The seniority of officers and noncommissioned officers is signified by the amount of lace worn on collars and cuffs. A pikeman's armour weighs about 18 lbs. In the 17 century pikes would have been 18 feet long, but for reasons of practicality 12-foot pikes are used today. Musketeers wear a buff sur-coat and are armed with a match-lock musket and rest. They wear a leather cross-belt from which are suspended 12 wooden powder flasks known as apostles.
The form of drill used is taken from a manual entitled Militaire Discipline, written by Colonel William Bariffe, a member of the HAC and first published in 1638.
To join the Company, members must have proven efficient service with the HAC's Reserve Army regiment. All must join in the lowest rank, regardless of any previous military rank held.
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