His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in his role as Colonel-in-Chief visit the The Queen s Dragoon Guards at Castlemartin Ranges in Pembrokeshire. Prince Charles was keen to visit the troops following their training to return to active duty in Afghanistan. Prince Charles met members of the Queen s Dragoon Guards at the Ranges, the regiment is training at Castlemartin as part of Exercise Pashtun Tempest the bespoke training package for soldiers due to deploy to Afghanistan.
The regiment will soon deploy to Helmand Province. Royal Visits provide troops with a huge boost in morale. This fact was made clear by the Commanding Officer in his short speech: Prince Charles, as our Colonel-in-Chief, is hugely important to us.
His visit is hugely morale boosting, for the younger soldiers particularly to see who we work for and what we work for that pride in country and patriotism is symbolised by the Colonel-in-Chief. The last time The Prince visited was in 2009 for the 50th anniversary of the regiment, so this is very special for us, especially just before St David s Day and prior to Afghanistan. For the trooper who s aged 18, it s not every day you get to meet a member of the Royal Family.
St. David s Day is being marked by the Prince of Wales with a series of engagements in Wales. The Prince of Wales always marks St.
David s day by visiting Wales his role as Prince of Wales in one which he has carried out with great dedication, a fact which the people of Wales recognise and appreciate.
1st The Queen s Dragoon Guards (QDG) is the Cavalry Regiment of Wales and the Border Counties (Shropshire, Herefordshire and Cheshire). It is the senior Regiment of the Line in the British Army and has 328 years of distinguished history. It is one of the most operationally experienced regiments in the Army having seen action as the reconnaissance force during the Gul f War, Iraq War and more recently in Afghanistan.
The Regiment s reconnaissance role is to operate ahead of the main armoured and infantry formations, scouting forward to find the enemy, passing back timely and accurate information to shape the plan, and fixing the enemy in place so they can be defeated.
With recent conflicts this role has adapted and QDG offers the flexibility to adapt to roles across the spectrum of conflict.
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Remember our fallen: Focus on Indian British Army role in Blackburn 3:31pm Monday 3rd March 2014 in News 1 TWO events in Blackburn with Darwen will highlight the contribution of the Indian British Army in the First and Second World Wars. Shared Histories will give residents an opport-unity to learn about the role of Muslim, Sikh and Hindu soldiers in the two conflicts. It is an entertaining educational programme which looks at the role played by the ancestors of Britain s African, Caribb-ean, Bengali, Indian and Pakistani communities during the world wars.
Including a high-resolution slideshow, arch-ive film footage, de-act- ivated weapons, ordnance and uniforms, the event will seek to recreate the hardship, bravery and suffering of soldiers in a classroom setting. The first event takes place on Thursday at Blackburn Central High School, while the second, on March 12, is at Darwen Aldridge Community Aca-demy. Council neighbourhoods boss Arshid Mahmood said: This is a fantastic event which provides an opportunity for residents to learn about those who served in the British Indian Army during both world wars, the part that they played and the conditions they had to endure.
Coming together as a community to take part in such an event is really important, and I urge as many as possible to take part. Borough armed forces champion Trevor Maxfield said: In the year of the anniversary of World War One, this type of event, which gives the opportunity to really get an impression of what it was like to be involved in this conflict, gives us an opportunity to remember what was sacrificed. I hope as many as possible attend this and other events during this centenary year, to learn more about what it was really like to be part of such a terrible conflict, and to make sure it is remembered for years to come.
Both events have registration and refresh-ments at 5.30pm, with a 6pm start. They are part of borough commemorations of the outbreak of the First Word War. The sessions are free but registration is essential for catering.
To register, contact Amanda Grimshaw on 01254 222154 or Amanda.
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Crawley welcomes Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment 3:04pm Friday 17th June 2011 in News 1 For the last two years, soldiers and staff of the Princess of Wales s Royal Regiment have been abroad on active service. TIM RIDGWAY joined the crowds welcoming our boys back to Sussex. A wet weekday walking through Sussex is a long way from the dusty war fields and towns of Afghanistan.
But the pouring rain did not prevent hundreds from lining the streets and cheering on the soldiers of the Princess of Wales s Royal Regiment, nicknamed The Tigers. About 220 soldiers, many of whom are from Sussex, were dressed in full military uniforms for the reception in Crawley. Among the crowds shouting good luck messages were tearful veterans, worried parents and those with simply a patriotic heart.
The parade comes less than a week before the same regiment heads to Brighton and Hove, where it holds the freedom of the city, for a similar parade. Janet Gray, 55, of Tilgate, Crawley, was joined on the route by daughter Louisa, 31, and granddaughters Isabelle, four, and 18- month-old Emily. Waving a Union Jack, she said: It s been such a fantastic day.
This is to show them that we care and that everyone is not against them. The reasons they are fighting is not their problem. They re just doing their jobs and I feel really proud to have been part of it.
Louisa said: The girls love everything about the military. Isabelle even donates half her pocket money every month to the British Legion so it is extra special for her to see them in person. The regimental homecoming parade started at the Territorial Army Centre then moved west to The Boulevard before finishing in High Street.
Philip Jackson, 67, of Harefield House, Crawley, served in the Army Catering Corps for 20 years. He said: I m very proud to see them parade through the town. I went to Belize and served in Northern Ireland for six months.
I m proud to be English and proud to be British and support whatever the men of this country are doing to try to protect those people that need protection. Brian Colvin, 79, from Three Bridges, said: I feel really emotional. The Korean war was on when I first joined up with the Queen s Regiment.
The Tigers are now part of that. I felt I had to come today to give them a good welcome and say thank you. Back in 1949 the whole country was very military focused and these were the norm.
We need to remember that now. Jonathan Oogaut, 22, from Crawley, spent his lunch break cheering on the troops. He said: They have given us a lot so it s the least I could do.
Crawley MP Henry Smith said: We owe our very freedom and security to those service personnel who risk their lives to defend us. The troops were based in Cyprus for two years between stints on the front line and are now on ceremonial duty in Woolwich. This has included events at Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and the Royal wedding in April.
Commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Adam Crawley said: We are a local regiment with strong links to the communities that we come from. We are conducting seven freedom parades across the south east and they are our way of reaffirming those links and showing the local people who we are. View our full gallery of pictures from the parade.
2 On Wednesday The Second Battalion of The Princess of Wales s Royal Regiment will come to Brighton and Hove. From about midday the soldiers are expected to take part in the 40-minute parade from the peace statue on the seafront to New Road. Roads along the route will be closed for a short period while the parade travels along Kings Road, West Street, North Street and New Road.
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