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Camilla visits 4-Rifles at Ward Barracks in Wiltshire

The Duchess of Cornwall was in Wiltshire on Wednesday visiting the 4th Battalion, The Rifles.

Photo Credit: UK MoD Crown Copyright 2015.

Photo Credit: UK MoD Crown Copyright 2015.

Camilla became the Royal Colonel of the 4th Battalion, The Rifles when the new Battalion, formerly 2nd Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets, formed on 1st February 2007.

Bugle fanfare greeted the Duchess as she arrived at Ward Barracks. She then received a formal welcoming by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Carl Boswell and the Regimental Serjeant Major (RSM), Warrant Officer 1st Class (WO1) Pat Hyde.

The Rifles Royal Colonel viewed soldiers carrying out a training exercise on armoured fighting vehicles. After watching the practise, she met members of the Battalion’s boxing team and observed some of their training in the gymnasium.

Photo Credit: UK MoD Crown Copyright 2015.

Photo Credit: UK MoD Crown Copyright 2015.

Camilla then stepped outside to view some of the various equipment used by the battalion and learned more about those containing anti-tank capabilities.

The visit concluded with a reception where she met soldiers, their families and local school children.

Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Carl Boswell, 4th Battalion, The Rifles (4 RIFLES), is currently performing training to transfer to the Mechanized Infantry role. As part of 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade, the Battalion will use the year training to become the Reaction Force brigade at readiness in 2016.

Employing a variety of vehicles, including the Mastiff and Jackal vehicles formerly used on operations in Afghanistan, 4 RIFLES will conduct training before the Exercise Wessex Storm in November 2015. Based in Bulford since 2005, the Battalion will move to new barracks in Aldershot this summer.

In January 2013, Camilla visited troops preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. During her visit, Camilla opened the officers’ mess and joined soldiers and their families at a reception.

Later in December, Camilla returned to issue Operational Service Medals to the Battalion as they returned from Afghanistan after a six-month deployment.

The Duke of Edinburgh is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment. Each battalion has its own Royal Colonel, which include The Duke of Kent, The Earl of Wessex, Princess Alexandra, The Countess of Wessex, The Duke of Gloucester and The Duchess of Gloucester.

Photo Credits: UK MoD Crown Copyright 2015

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