The residents of Richmond were out in force on Thursday 11th September as the Royal Corps of Signals exercised their right to march through the market place, though they were closely inspected by The Princess Royal.
As Colonel in Chief of the Royal Signals, Princess Anne took the salute from the Corps as they took part in the Freedom Parade in the town for the first time in 50 years. While crowds gathered to show their support for the troops, they were also trying to get a glimpse of Her Royal Highness.
Lieutenant Colonel Ian Hargreaves, Commander of 2nd Signal Regiment had this to say about the Royal visit, “The event is really important because 50 years ago the Mayor and people of Richmond gave us freedom of the town, and this parade is our way of saying thank you and giving something back. For the Princess Royal to be here as well is very special.”
The troops entered the market place accompanied by the music of the Band of the Royal Armoured Corps and soon after were presented with medals from Princess Anne for operational service and accumulated campaign service. Major Jim Stillie, Parade Commander, led the troops as they exercised their right to march through the town with weapons, fixed bayonets and a playing band.
Following the parade and the medal presentation outside, Princess Anne made her way to a reception where she presented a Royal Corps of Signals 50 Years Service badge to former Mayor Cllr Bob White.
The Princess Royal’s Richmond rendezvous came a day after she spent time in East Lancashire where she opened a new Redrow housing development as well as attending a Save the Children UK dinner.
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