Tod Hughes served with the Welsh Guard, part of the Queen’s Guard from 1985-89
In just six days time, Prince William, Duchess Kate and their two children Charlotte and George will arrive in Victoria.
Thousands are expected to greet the Royal family Saturday as they make their way to the legislature.
One Oak Bay resident, in particular, is hoping to catch the Prince’s eye.
Mary Griffin explains.
“It’s been dry-cleaned, so it’s all set to go.
It’s brigade guard tie.”
This is the tie that Tod Hughes hopes will catch Prince Williams eye Saturday.
The colours signify membership in the Welsh guard, one of the five contingents of foot soldiers that make up the Queen’s Guard.
“This is my platoon that passed out at Guard’s Depot.
And I’m up there, Recruit Hughes.”
Hughes signed up for the Welsh Guard in 1985, and served four years, and 208 days.
“For the young guardsman taking part, it’s a tough exercise.
But tomorrow, they could be facing a real threat.”
“I, Tod Allan Hughes, swear by Almighty God, that I will be faithful and swear true allegiance to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs, and successors.”
But it’s an oath he still lives by.
“I swore that oath.
I wouldn’t hesitate now.”
The Brigade of Guards goes back to the early 1600’s.
And the Welsh are one of five foot regiments tasked with protecting the Royal Family.
Hughes’ wife, Janice Appleby says it took a bit of time to realize that her husband was serious about speaking with Prince William.
“When it became clear that he was truly passionate about this, and we started kicking around ideas about how could we make it happen?”
As the only Canadian to ever serve with the Welsh, Hughes’ dream is to speak with Prince William during the Royal visit Saturday at the legislature.
“I would like Prince William to sign the front.
And you open it up, and is the Certificate of Service.”
Keeping up the standards of the Welsh Guard means Hughes has some work to do between now and the weekend.
“See, you get a little bit, then you pick a spot that you want to work on.
Like on the heel.”
The photographs may be decades old, but Hughes ties to the Royal family are still fresh in his memory.