The 1st battalion of the Welsh Guards, who guard the Queen, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, will, for the first time in history, march across Red Square. A special group of guardsmen will arrive in Moscow to participate in the Victory Parade.
The guards will hold several full rehearsals in Moscow to get accustomed to the unusual stone pavement. The battalion will march across Red Square wearing their famous bearskin helmets.
These traditional helmets have already been the subject of debate with environmentalists for a long time. The military insists that only natural bearskin, unlike synthetic materials, can withstand the rain, retaining its appearance. However, the guardsmen admit that any longer than two hours in a hot, heavy bearskin helmet is unbearable.
During the parade the United Kingdom will also be represented by military musicians: the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.