As Colonel of the regiment, the Duke will present the colours to the battalion today. His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has been the Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Canadian Regiment since December 1953.
The colour is the regiment’s flag, carrying its battle honours and formerly serving as a rallying point during battle. Nowadays the colours are purely ceremonial, though we sometimes see the guards regiments deploying to Afghanistan with their colours, where they serve no practical purpose, as a symbol of unity at the battle group.
The Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the 2rd battalion said,
This presentation of a new Colour is a proud moment and we are so pleased to be able to share this day with His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
This is a private working visit for His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh to visit with the Officers and Non-commissioned members of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment.
His Royal Highness will present the colours at 9am Canadian time, which is 2pm British time.