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The Duke of York Appointed Colonel of the Grenadier Guards

  December 1, 2017 at 8:25 am by

Buckingham Palace announced this morning that Queen Elizabeth has appointed The Duke of York as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, the most senior regiment of infantry in the British Army. The Duke takes over the role from his father, The Duke of Edinburgh, who held the post from 1975. The Queen was also Colonel of the Grenadier Guards from 1942 until her accession, when she became Colonel-in-Chief. Previous royals who were … Continue reading

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Prince Charles Marks Anniversary of Army Air Corps

  July 6, 2017 at 3:03 pm by

As their Colonel-in-Chief, the Prince of Wales joined members of the Army Air Corps at Salisbury Cathedral on Thursday for a ceremony celebrating their sixtieth anniversary. Prince Charles first inspected a guard of honour outside the Cathedral, before he presented the unit with its new guidon, granter by Queen Elizabeth for the occasion. He then addressed the crowd of 1,200 current servicemen from the unit, veterans, and their families. “As the … Continue reading

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A Canal For You, Your Majesty! Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s Engagements in Scotland

  July 5, 2017 at 4:18 pm by

Queen Elizabeth added yet another location named after her to her stable, as she and the Duke of Edinburgh today officially named the Queen Elizabeth II Canal in the Falkirk District. The couple joined a flotilla of sea craft along the canal to The Helix during the visit, which included an inspection of The Kelpies, two larger-than-life horse sculptures created by Andy Scott. Afterwards, Queen Elizabeth and the Duke headed to Stirling … Continue reading

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Charles and Camilla Honour Canadian Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

  June 30, 2017 at 5:10 pm by

On the second day of their visit to Canada, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Ontario where they paid their respects to the 158 Canadian military personnel who died during the country’s involvement in the Afghan war. The couple laid wreaths at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial in Trenton. They also spent time at 8 Wing-Canadian Forces Base Trenton, meeting with members of the Royal Canadian Air Force. … Continue reading

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Duke of Cambridge Reviews Irish Guards Ahead of Trooping

  June 10, 2017 at 11:05 am by

At Horse Guards Parade today in London, the Duke of Cambridge took the Colonel’s Review ahead of next week’s Trooping the Colour, the official celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday. Prince William, astride his mount Wellesley, inspected the troops of the Irish Guards, the regiment of which he is Royal Colonel. He then joined the 1,400 troops from across the Household Division that will be taking part in Trooping the Colour … Continue reading

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Duchess of Cornwall Presents New Colours To RAF Halton

  May 24, 2017 at 7:32 pm by

During her visit to RAF Halton in Aylesbury on Wednesday, the Duchess of Cornwall presented the station with their new Queen’s Colour as well as attending the Graduation Parade of the most recent Air Force recruits. Camilla, who is Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Halton, presented the Colour to Flight Lieutenant Scott Ripley-Jones during a drumhead ceremony. She also awarded top graduates with awards for their success during training. In her speech to … Continue reading

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The Countess of Wessex in Estonia, Day Two

  May 3, 2017 at 5:50 pm by

On her second and final day in Estonia, the Countess of Wessex visited the Tapa Army Base to see soldiers from the 5th Battalion The Rifles, of which she is Royal Colonel. Sophie, in a camouflage jacket, chatted with soldiers in the logistics hub and living quarters during her visit, where they told her of their work. She also was shown tanks used by the regiment, and met soldiers from Estonia, Denmark and … Continue reading

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William and Kate Present Shamrocks To The Irish Guards

  March 17, 2017 at 8:27 am by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have this morning presented the traditional shamrocks to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in a ceremony at their barracks in Hounslow to mark St Patrick’s Day. Among those receiving shamrock sprigs from William, who is the Colonel of the Regiment, and Catherine was the Regiment’s mascot, an Irish wolfhound named Domhnall. Following the presentation, the couple posed for the Sergeants’ and Officers’ Mess photos, before attending a reception … Continue reading

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A Father-Son Engagement For Charles & Harry As They Present Medals To Gurkha Soldiers

  March 14, 2017 at 11:20 am by

The Prince of Wales enjoyed a duo engagement with his younger son, Prince Harry, today as they presented operational service medals to soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles. Taking place in Buckingham Palace’s ballroom, the two Princes presented 154 soldiers with one of two service medals (either the Afghanistan Operational Service Medal, or the Accumulated Campaign Service Medal for those who already had the former) to mark their … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Presents Leeks To Royal Welsh In Annual Tradition

  March 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm by

During a ceremony at the Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth on Friday, Queen Elizabeth II presented traditional leeks to the Royal Welsh regiment as part of St David’s Day celebrations. The Queen is the Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment, which was formed in 2006 after several other regiments were merged. She inspected the troops on review, before handing out the leeks – and met the regiment’s mascots, two goats named Shenkin and Llewelyn. “In … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cornwall Helps To Welcome Soldiers Returning From Iraq

  February 27, 2017 at 10:07 am by

On Monday February 27 at the Normandy Barracks in Aldershot, the Duchess of Cornwall helped military families officially welcome home soldiers from the 4th Battalion The Rifles after a four-month deployment to Iraq. The Duchess, who is the Royal Colonel of the regiment, inspected the troops during a muster parade, before addressing the crowd. “In the most difficult circumstances you have shown your usual skill and spirit, no matter what … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Pays Visit to Military Families in Bulford

  January 11, 2017 at 2:12 pm by

The Countess of Wessex today made a trip to Bulford, in Wiltshire, where she met with soldiers from the 5th Battalion The Rifles and their families. She was given a tour of Ward Barracks, the new home base for the 5th Battalion following their recent return from Germany. During her tour, the Countess was shown the newest equipment the 5th Battalion uses, including new personal protection equipment. "Virtus" is the new … Continue reading

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The Countess of Wessex Unveils Painting During Visit to Sandhurst

  November 18, 2016 at 5:26 pm by

The Countess of Wessex was in Camberley today, where she visited the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for the unveiling of a new painting that marks the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps involvement in Operation Gritrock. Operation Gritrock was undertaken by the British, Irish and Canadian Armed Forces between October 2014 and November 2015 to eradicate the Ebola virus in West Africa. Sophie, in a full black ensemble with the badge … Continue reading

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Queen Beatrix and Prince Philip Honour Liberation of Nijmegen

  September 21, 2009 at 10:37 pm by

HM Queen Beatrix and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh yesterday commemorated the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Dutch city of Nijmegen from German occupation during World War II. The city was the first Dutch city to fall to German hands in 1940. The royal pair inspected the customary guard of honour, before laying wreaths at the Resistance Monument at Traianus Square. Speeches were made by both Dutch, British … Continue reading

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Prince Edward Visits Afghanistan

  September 12, 2009 at 10:54 pm by

Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex arrived in the Helmand province of Afghanistan last Tuesday. On Wednesday, he met with soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, the Rifles, according to an article from Monsters and Critics.com. The prince is the Royal Colonel of the battalion. The 2nd Battalion has been in Afghanistan for five months. They are working closely with the Afghan police force and army, and are expected to be … Continue reading

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The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay: One Day, Two Very Different Ways

  June 10, 2009 at 7:15 pm by

Earlier this month on a on a visit to Scotland the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay conducted two very different engagements in one day with projects dear to their hearts. At the launch of an eco friendly education centre Charles took the opportunity to share the difficulties of being an unwitting trailblazing eco warrior. Long before most of us (Boomers) had given a passing thought to the ramifications of oodles … Continue reading

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The Earl of Wessex Visits Calgary

  June 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm by

The Earl of Wessex is currently on an official visit to Canada, and has stopped in Calgary. On Saturday Prince Edward visited Simon Fraser Junior High School in Calgary to meet students involved in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme and other leadership schemes. On Sunday morning the Prince handed out awards to 100 Gold Award recipients at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary. He told the students that they could … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Continues To Shine During Official Visit to Canada

  June 7, 2009 at 2:59 pm by

During the past two days, Sophie Rhys-Jones, who is better known as the Countess of Wessex, has been very busy. She has participated in ceremonies honoring police and the military. Her whirlwind schedule continued today as she participated in church services at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, according to an article in the Edmonton Journal. The Countess read from the Book of Isaiah during the Sunday morning service. Shortly before the … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Honors Police, Military During Royal Visit to Canada

  June 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm by

Sophie Rhys-Jones, who is better known as the Countess of Wessex, is currently enjoying a whirlwind visit to Canada with her husband, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex. While her husband has been very busy with several engagements, Sophie hasn’t exactly been sitting around. Yesterday, she presented OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino a certificate of registration for an official tartan for the police force, according to an article in the Toronto … Continue reading

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