01:10AM, Friday 06 December 2013
A homecoming parade saw 200 soldiers march through Windsor town centre on Wednesday to mark their final return from Afghanistan.
The soldiers from the Household Cavalry left their base at Combermere Barracks in St Leonards Road at 10am before marching through Frances Road, Osborne Road, Sheet Street and High Street.
The Princess Royal, HRH Princess Anne, attended the event and saluted them as they marched past the Guildhall, while more than 500 members of the public watched on.
She also presented medals to the 50 soldiers who had returned from service in the country for the first time.
Music from The Band of The Blues and Royals accompanied the event.
Lieutenant Colonel Jim Eyre, commanding officer of the regiment, said: "There is no doubt that we left Helmand a better place, where peace has a real opportunity to flourish. The regiment has earned this parade."
"We are closing a chapter and remembering fallen comrades before we look once more to the future."
Also at the parade was Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Andrew Jenner, who said: "The brave soldiers of the Household Cavalry risked their lives in Afghanistan and this was our chance to show our gratitude and support.
"It was great to see so many people cheering them as they marched through the streets of Windsor."
The homecoming follows the sixth operational deployment to Helmand Province undertaken by the cavalrymen since 2006, where they supported the Afghan Security Forces operations.
Most of the soldiers returned on November 24.
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