According to a Canadian Forces news release, The Prince of Wales has agreed to serve as Colonel-in-Chief of the 2nd Battalion, The Irish Regiment of Canada. The regiment are currently celebrating their centennial which will see them take part in a Freedom of the City Parade in Sudbury, Ontario.
The Irish Regiment of Canada is a Reserve Force infantry regiment that belongs to 33 Canadian Brigade Group which is based in the 4th Canadian Division. The Irish Regiment has served Canada throughout its long history valiantly, serving with great distinction during both the First World War and Second World War. In more recent conflicts, the regiment has contributed to Canadian Armed Forces efforts in Cyprus, Afghanistan and the Golan Heights.
Canadian Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Jason Kenney, spoke of Prince Charles’s appointment, “It is an honour for the Canadian Armed Forces to have His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, become Colonel-in-Chief of the 2nd Battalion, The Irish Regiment of Canada on the
occasion of their 100th anniversary. His Royal Highness is a strong advocate of the Canadian Army and the Canadian Armed Forces and this is another honour for an already distinguished regiment.”
Prince Charles is currently Colonel-in-Chief of a number of other Canadian regiments including The Royal Canadian Dragoons, Lord Strathcona’s Horse, The Black Watch, The Royal Winnipeg Rifles and the Air Reserve of Canada. Charles is also Commodore-in-Chief and Vice Admiral of the Royal Canadian Navy.
Whilst Colonel-in-Chiefs do not have operational roles, as patron’s of regiments they are kept informed of all important activities of the regiment as well as paying occasional visits to their units. Canadian Army units are often honoured by having a member of The Royal Family as their Colonel-in-Chief.
Brian Bigger, Mayor of Greater Sudbury, commented on the new Colonel-in-Chief, “The city of Greater Sudbury is proud of its five decade long relationship with the 2nd Battalion, The Irish Regiment of Canada. Having His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales serve as Colonel-in-Chief underscores the vital role that this celebrated regiment plays in defending Canada at home and away.”
Prince Charles himself has a distinguished military career which saw him serve a four month attachment with the Royal Air Force as well more than five years active service in the Royal Navy.
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