Northampton twins to protect flag during Trooping the Colour

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Two soldiers from Northampton are to be among the first guardsmen to be given the honour of protecting the flag during this weekend’s Trooping the Colour.

Mark and Jack Bazeley​, from Kingsthorpe, are in the Coldstream Guards, and will be centre stage in this weekend’s annual ceremony in London before the Queen and millions of television viewers.

​The former Kingsthorpe College students - who turn 21 this week - ​will fulfil the role of the protectors of the flag, when it is being escorted by the colour sergeant, the focus of the entire parade.

​A spokesman for the Army said Mark and Jack had been selected because they had proved themselves capable soldiers : “It is a very unique occurrence because normally it is at least corporals, and usually lance corporals, who take up this role.

“It will be a strange sight seeing two almost identical twin standing together protecting the flag.”

​Mark and Jack’s mum, ​Julie Bazeley​, said: “It’s absolutely amazing, they’ve done so well.

“I’m sure everyone in Kingsthorpe must know by now as I tell everyone within about three minutes of meeting them in the street.”​

Trooping the Colour takes place on Saturday at Horse Guards.

​Held every year since 1782, it harks back to days when a regiment’s flag - or colour - was paraded to soldiers before and after battle to show it was intact.