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Prince Charles presents The Queen’s Own Yeomanry with new Guidon

On Saturday, the Prince of Wales presented the new Guidon to The Queen’s Own Yeomanry.

Prince Charles is Royal Honorary Colonel of The Queen’s Own Yeomanry and joined the nearly 130 serving and retired members of the unit at Bramham Park House for the consecration service.

He gave the new Guidon to the commanding officer and regiment after giving a quick speech.

Speaking to the group, he said: “The Guidon that has been marched off parade today represents over two centuries of volunteer service to the crown at home and abroad – service which has continued to this day.

“I acknowledge with immense gratitude and undying admiration the truly exceptional contribution that your officers, soldiers and families provide so selflessly to the defence of the realm.

“You set us an outstanding example that I, for one, do not take for granted.”

The Prince of Wales was dressed in the typical ceremonial frock coat and sword as he posed with the regiment for a photograph outside with the troops and their family and friends.

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As an Army Reserve reconnaissance unit, The Queen’s Own Yeomanry uses lightly armoured vehicles to travel ahead of friendly forces while they gather intelligence on the surroundings and the enemy.

They have served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Speaking to the Express, Warrant Officer Second Class David William “honour” to receive the new standard.

He said: “It was a wonderful opportunity to meet the prince, he joked about the fact that the weather has improved.”

This was the second time in the 47-year history that the regiment received a new standard.

The last time was in September 2007 when Prince Charles presented the new Guidon.

According to Clarence House: “Standards and Guidons evolved from banners of the Knights of the Middle Ages. They are usually of crimson trimmed in gold and with the Regiment’s insignia in the centre.”

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