The Queen has arrived at Balmoral Castle for a stay in Scotland, and her first duty was to inspect the Guard of Honour. That duty fell this time to the Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland. They paraded for Her Majesty complete with their regimental mascot L.Cpl. Cruachan IV, the Queen being very knowledgeable about horses was probably highly pleased to see the mascot on parade.
It is the Fire Support Company of the Fusiliers, who are providing the Royal Guard for the Queen during her stay in Balmoral, Her Majesty is Colonel-in-Chief on the Royal Regiment of Scotland. They are based at Glencorse Barracks, Penicuik, the vast majority of their colleague’s in the Fusiliers are currently on an eight month posting to Afghanistan. It is their fourth operational tour to Afghanistan and they are there as part of the British Army’s commitment to NATO.
Whilst they are in Kabul, they are training the Afghan National Army, and also acting as part of the Kabul Security Force providing protection for UK and NATO forces in the City. They are also playing a part in the co-ordination and movement control of NATO forces with their modern foxhound vehicles.
It is likely that The Queen has been well briefed on the situation in Afghanistan, but will no doubt be interested to hear the current situation from the officers. It cannot be forgotten, that her grandson, Prince Harry served in two tours of Afghanistan. So Her Majesty will well be able to understand any concerns that her Royal Guard may have for their colleagues overseas.
The Royal Regiment of Scotland, forms part of 51st Infantry Brigade, which is the largest Adaptive Force Brigades designed to be able to provide headquarters and units for lengthy operations either abroad or as part of UK Civil Engagement. Though it was formed this century, its roots go back to the middle of the nineteenth century when the 51st Highland Brigade made up of contingents of Black Watch, Cameron and Sutherland Highlanders set sail for Turkey.