02:24AM, Thursday 21 February 2013
The Coldstream Guards had an important visitor yesterday.
Albanian ambassador Mal Berisha visited Windsor's Victoria Barracks in Sheet Street. He spoke of his gratitude and pride at the regiment's involvement in his country’s 100th anniversary celebrations.
The ambassador was honoured with a Quarter Guard of 14 soldiers as he arrived.
He presented a certificate of appreciation to the battalion, received by Second Lieutenant Freddie Russell, who was one of four soldiers from 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards to have taken part in the celebrations in Albania.
The other three - Drill Sergeant (WO2) Edward Pickersgill, Lance Sergeant Richard Chapman and Lance Sergeant Thomas Reah - made up the rest of the Quarter Guard, which was also seen by Albanian Defence Attaché Colonel Roland Berzani.
The Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, Lieutenant Colonel Toby Till MBE said: “Albania is now a member of NATO and I am proud that we were able to support the country in its independence celebrations."
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