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The Prince of Wales visits the Welsh Guards

9th November 2014

The Prince of Wales pays tribute after laying a wreath

The Prince of Wales pays tribute after laying a wreath

Following attendance by Members of The Royal Family at The Cenotaph, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Colonel, Welsh Guards, then travelled to Wellington Barracks to meet service personnel and members of The Welsh Guards Association.

Escorted by Major General Robert Talbot-Rice, Head of Combat Tracks Group, The Prince met Major Kevin Roberts, Director of Music, for The Welsh Guards Band and laughed and joked with band members before joining a reception and stand up lunch for service personnel.

 

The Prince of Wales pays tribute after laying a wreath

The Prince of Wales pays tribute after laying a wreath

The Prince also met Mr Jiffy Myers who has recently been employed as Regimental Casualty Officer, a new post, to support injured Welsh Guardsmen veterans, whether mental or physical, and bereaved families. Since Mr Myers was employed in February he has already visited 66 families of the bereaved or injured.

Speaking to The Prince of Wales Mr Myers said:  "I provide the link to the Regiment for the lads that have left the army. I am a familiar face and can be the point of contact with the Regiment to provide the support that they or their families need after service'.

His Royal Highness then made his way into the Sergeants' Mess where he met bereaved families before accompanying them to a service in the Guards' Chapel. The service was particularly poignant given that The Guards Chapel was destroyed on 18 June 1944 by a V1 flying bomb during the morning service, killing 121 soldiers and civilians - the largest loss of life by a single strike. The lesson was given by Major General RH Talbot Rice the Regimental Lieutenant Colonel and the address was given by Captain R P Vaughan of the Welsh Guards.

After the service The Prince, dressed in traditional attire for Welsh Guards Black Sunday of suits, medals, umbrellas and bowler hats, chose to join serving and former members of the regiment for the march down Birdcage Walk to the Guards Memorial on Horse Guards Parade.

At the memorial,erected to commemorate all those members of the Household Division who died in the Second World War and in the service of their country since 1918, His Royal Highness took the salute before laying a wreath and watching the march past.