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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Prince Charles visits The Queen's Dragoon Guards
A rare helmet from the Royal Dragoon Guards has recently been discovered tucked away at the back of a wardrobe during a house clearance. The helmet is set to be auctioned in March and is estimated to be worth between 300 and 500. Charterhouse Auctioneers had been clearing out a country house in Somerset for a couple of months when it discovered the antique.
The 1871 pattern 5th Dragoon Guards helmet was catalogued along with the rest of the home s contents, which will also be sold in the auction. The antique head gear will be included as military memorabilia, or militaria , and will likely become part of a collection. A partner at Charterhouse, Richard Bromell, stressed the importance of getting into all the corners when clearing out a home so that nothing is missed.
He said: When clearing properties, it is vitally important to roll up your sleeves and get stuck into the job, which is why we employ our own removal team of highly experienced people. The side of the rare headwear bears a dent, despite it being stored carefully in a bag made of chamois leather. The plume of horse hair had been stored separately in a tin cylinder.
Perhaps the new owner will display the item in an antique cabinet 1 . Preston 2 has a number of antiques dealers who have a selection of items ready to be shown to collectors. Memorabilia is best showcased using items of furniture such as tables and display cases hailing from the same period.
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