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Prince & Princess of Wales

The Princess of Wales visits the Irish Guards for the first time since becoming Colonel

The Princess of Wales with the Irish Guards on Salisbury Plain in March 2023

The Princess of Wales has visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards for the first time since she became Colonel last year.

Her Royal Highness became Colonel in December 2022, taking over from her husband who became Regimental Colonel of the Welsh Guards.

During her visit, Catherine heard first-hand about the work that the Irish Guards are carrying out on the Salisbury Plain Training Area.

Sgt Donald C Todd/ UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023

Upon arrival in Salisbury, the Princess met Guardsmen of Number One and Number Two Company, who have been recently deployed on Security Force Assistance tasks across East Africa in which they train and assist foreign forces. 

Tasks in the programme include training park rangers on counter-poaching. 

Following this, Her Royal Highness joined members of Number Three Company to watch a medical training and casualty exercise. 

This included a brief on Counter-Explosive Ordnance – the de-mining training which is currently being delivered by the Irish Guards to Ukrainian Armed Forces. 

Sgt Donald C Todd/ UK MOD © Crown copyright 2023

The Princess was invited to take part in the training herself where she learnt how to carry out battlefield casualty drills to deliver care to injured soldiers during a casualty simulation exercise.

Her Royal Highness has a long association with the regiment and has presented shamrocks to the Guards on St. Patrick’s Day for several years.

The visit to Salisbury was the second official engagement the Princess has undertaken as Colonel of the Irish Guards.

In February, she received Major General Christopher Ghika and Lieutenant Colonel James Aldridge in audience at Kensington Palace.