140 personnel from The Royal Wessex Yeomanry (RWxY) paraded in glorious summer sunshine in the grounds of Lulworth Castle in Dorset at a Guidon consecration service in the presence of their Royal Honorary Colonel, His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO ADC.
The occasion marked the granting of the Regiment’s first Guidon flag by Her Majesty The Queen and was presented by her representative HRH Prince Edward. A traditional military Drumhead Service was conducted by the Army’s Chaplain General, The Reverend Doctor David George Coulter QHC CB.
His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex said:
“On behalf of Her Majesty I hand over these colours in the confidence that you will guard them well that they will be symbols of the RWxY enduring spirit and devotion to duty. That it will inspire you in the face of uncertainties that as an emblem of your achievements it will be an embodiment of your Regiment’s traditions, heritage and ethos. But most importantly I give it into your care as a token of Her Majesty’s admiration and trust in each and every one of you and in the Regiment in which you serve.”
The new Royal Wessex Yeomanry Guidon represents the distinguished achievements of all its antecedent Regiments, a history which spans 224 years and incorporates 42 battle honours.
Following the service His Royal Highness also met the Regimental Ram, Lance Corporal Ramrod D’Arcy, who was also in attendance.