The 22nd Battalion

The 22nd Battalion

Over its near-century-long history, the Regiment has adopted many rituals and symbols setting it apart from other Canadian military units. The best-known tradition is probably the changing of the guard ceremony initiated in 1928. Visitors still throng to La Citadelle every summer to witness this ritual. In so doing, they also discover two of the 22e's other important institutions: the regimental mascot and the Royal 22e Régiment Band.

Since 1955, the Régiment's mascot has been Baptiste, the regimental goat. From a lofty lineage, Baptiste's Tibetan ancestors were a gift from the Shah of Persia to Queen Victoria in 1884. Baptiste participates in all of the Regiment's major public appearances.

Music plays an important role in the 22e. The Regiment’s first band dates from 1922. The Royal 22e Régiment Band is very active on Québec's music scene, giving numerous concerts and participating in many protocol and artistic events.

The 22e has enjoyed Freedom of the City in Québec City since 1975. This honour granted by the City allows it to parade in the city streets on July 3. Various other cities have also granted this privilege to the Royal 22e Régiment.

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