Sailors from the Royal Navy made history on Monday as they changed the guard in Windsor for the first time.

They marched the traditional route normally taken by the Household Division's Five Guards regiments who have guarded monarchs at the castle for over four centuries.

Dressed in distinctive navy blue greatcoats with white webbing and caps, they will be continuing to do this until December 8.

"It's a very proud moment for me," said Lieutenant Commander Nicola Cripps, 36, who grew up in the borough and went to Newlands Girls School in Maidenhead.

She has served in the Royal Navy as a training management officer for nearly 13 years and is the first Royal Navy officer to be Captain of the Windsor Castle Guard.

She said: "Everywhere we go, people have said how pleased they are to see the Royal Navy mounting the Guard, and it is a tremendous honour, not just for my sailors, but the naval service as a whole.

"The royal duties they carry out after the inaugural procession will showcase the flexibility of the Royal Navy to operate with and support the Foot Guards who are currently based at the town's Victoria Barracks."

Together with Royal Navy detachments at Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and St James's Palace in London, their tour of duty is set to last until Friday of next week when they will return to their ships and operations around the world.