On Guard Quebec City
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An infantry solider of Royal 22e Régiment stands guard in full dress uniform at La Citadelle a historic and still active military fort in Quebec City.
Constructed between 1820 and 1831 based on the defence system designed by a French engineer named Vauban, La Citadelle of Quebec was built under the direction of Lieutenant-Colonel Elias Walker Durnford, a British army officer. La Citadelle is an active military garrison. First occupied by British troops and the Canadian artillery, since 1920 it has been the official residence of the Royal 22e Régiment, the only Francophone infantry regiment in the CF Regular Force. It is shaped like a polygon with four angles representing a star and covers 37 acres (2.3 km2).
La Citadelle comprises two buildings constructed under the French regime, the only real gate into Old Quebec City, the official residence of the Royal 22e Régiment, the Royal 22e Régiment Museum and the residence of the Governor General of Canada, among others.
In the summer, the men and women of the Royal 22e Régiment continue military traditions by performing ceremonies such as the Changing of the Guard, the Beating of the Retreat and gunnery, to the delight of visitors.
Photography by Edward M. Fielding
July 8th, 2013
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