The Queen is Colonel-in-Chief of the Welsh Royal regiment. On Friday, to celebrate St David’s Day, The Queen presented leeks to cadets, troops and veterans at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth, Wiltshire.
Since her coronation, The Queen has been associated with the Welsh and its former regiments, Royal Welch Fusiliers and The Royal Regiment of Wales. The Welsh regiment was formed on St David’s Day, 1 March 2006. The Royal Welsh is a leading ‘armoured infantry battalions’ of the British Army.
The leeks were wrapped in red thread and dipped in gold. They were pinned on the hats of regimental soldiers. In the parade square atop the dais, The Queen took the royal salute before the National Anthem was played.
She inspected the parade and one of two goats while sitting in the back seat of a Range Rover. She would later meet two goats, Shenkin and Llywelyn. She addressed those at parade square saying that it was a great pleasure “to celebrate St David’s Day with the regiment.”
She continued, “I am also delighted to be able to present leeks to representatives of the regiment, from cadets to comrades, and to meet the new mascot, Llywelyn.
“The British Army, perhaps more than any in the world, has always lived through the regiment and the regimental tradition.
“In the hour of battle, it has repeatedly relied on these bonds, on the pride and comradeship of men who would sooner die than betray the traditions of their corps, or be unworthy of the men of old who fought before them under their colours.
“This is reflected in your regimental motto, Death rather than Dishonour.
“I see that same pride and comradeship in parade before us today and I am certain that the regiment is in good hands.
“I wish you all good fortune for the future.”