The Duke of York will take the salute from troops returning from Afghanistan at a Homecoming Parade in Elgin next Friday. Andrew has been Honorary Air Commodore of the air station since 1996.
Over 130 personnel from the 5Force Protection Wing will march through the centre of Elgin next Friday, May 9. This will be one of the largest parades the city has witnessed.
After taking the salute, The Duke will present campaign medals and awards to personnel. This is Andrew’s second time this year honouring RAF Lossiemouth. In March he attended the disbandment of the 617 ‘Dambusters.’
The event is hosted by the convener of Moray Council, Councillor Stewart Cree.
“It is a great privilege to honour our military by welcoming them home in this way, Moray has had a long a strong connection with our armed forces, and we are a richer and more diverse community because of them,” Cree commented.
After the parade and salute there will be a VIP reception in St Giles’ Church.
“The wing should be immensely proud of their efforts to defend Camp Bastion and a special mention should be paid to 51 Squadron RAF Regiment for being awarded the Higginson Trophy for 2013; which is awarded annually to the RAF Regiment Squadron that has demonstrated the greatest overall excellence,” RAF Lossiemouth station commander, Group Captain Mark Chappell noted.
The Duke served in the Royal Navy for 22 years, seeing active service in the Falklands campaign and Commanding HMS Cottesmore. Andrew supports numerous not-for-profit organisations and does maintain close ties with the Armed Forces.
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