Grenadier Guard Scott Blaney who lost a leg in Afghanistan has become the first amputee to go on Queen's Guard duty, protecting the Tower of London.
The 22-year-old stood sentry in the famous bearskin cap less than two years after being injured by a bomb blast that killed one of his colleagues.
Guardsman Blaney from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, now hopes to return with his regiment to Afghanistan as well as represent Britain at the London 2012 Paralympics.
Describing his return to ceremonial work, he said: "It made me feel really proud to be back on duty and serving my country."
The soldier, who walks with the aid of a false limb and is jokingly called "Hoppy" by his army friends, told The Sun: "I slipped very slightly on the icy cobbles but was able to recover my footing and I don't think anyone noticed.
"I did my full two hour rota split into shifts and I can't wait to do it again."
Unless I'm mistaken I seem to remember an ariticle in Soldier magazine about a lad who joined the REME with only one leg - had to complete the same physical entrance tests in the same times as anyone else.