Paddy served for nine years in the 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards. Among many tours abroad, including three years in Germany, Paddy was a Royal Guard at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
On leaving the Army, Paddy worked in audio-visual technology for some of the UK’s largest corporations but, in summer 2017, he decided that it was time to try something else in life and experience the wider society beyond the Armed Forces and corporate worlds. It was important to him that his work should be entirely enjoyable and the independence of self-employment appealed.
Living in Windsor, it is impossible not to notice the 1.4 million tourists that visit each year. By bringing together this audience with Paddy’s supreme knowledge of military history, royal protocol and ceremonial procedure, not to mention his experience of presenting, his royal tours business was a viable concept.
Royal Windsor Tours offers tours in and around the city of Windsor: ‘The Military History Walk’, ‘A Walk in Eton’ and special event tours for such days as royal walkabouts, state visits and royal weddings. His customers, tourists from around the world, accompany him on walking tours during which he imparts unique insight and experience. Only six months since launch, the business already has a 5* review record on TripAdvisor.
Reflecting on his journey from planning through to launch, Paddy said
In starting Royal Windsor Tours, Paddy has faced fierce competition, and attempts to distract him from his aim. He said
X-Forces Enterprise has helped Paddy with training and guidance on business planning and administration. Paddy said:
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