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Prince Charles and Camilla

Camilla makes first visit to regiment with special link to Prince Philip

The Duchess of Cornwall visits the Rifles
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The Duchess of Cornwall has paid her first official visit as Colonel-in-Chief to 5th Battalion The Rifles.

Camilla took over the role of Colonel of The Rifles from Prince Philip in a special double ceremony last year which turned out to be the Duke of Edinburgh’s final official engagement.

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Exactly four weeks after his death, the Duchess paid the troops a visit and met some of the Riflemen who formed part of the Guard of Honour at the Duke’s funeral.

Camilla also spoke to some of the soldiers who have just returned from a deployment to Estonia.

The engagement, carried out with social distancing measures in place, also saw the Duchess of Cornwall present Long Service and Good Conduct medals.

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The Duchess of Cornwall took over as Colonel-in-Chief in an event at Highgrove House last July. Camilla was welcomed to the role soon after Prince Philip had taken his leave as Colonel in another ceremony at Windsor Castle.

As she made her first official visit to the troops, the Duchess said she wanted them to know ”how proud I am to be your Colonel-in-Chief and I hope this will be the first of many visits.”

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