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In pictures: 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards homecoming parade

In pictures: 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards homecoming parade

Francis Batt

In pictures: 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards homecoming parade

Crowds lining the streets of Windsor clapped and cheered today as they welcomed home the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards from Afghanistan.

 

The parade through the town marked their final return from Kabul after six months during the busy and potentially dangerous period of the presidential election.

It  gave friends, families and the public a chance to show their appreciation, waving flags which were handed out along the route.

The men set off from Victoria Barracks' Victoria Street entrance at 10.55am accompanied by the Band of the Irish Guards. They marched through Clarence Road, Charles Street, Goswell Road, Barry Avenue, River Street, Thames Street, High Street and Sheet Street.

The Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Cllr Richard Kellaway took the salute outside the Guildhall with the Colonel of the Regiment Lieutenant General Sir James Bucknall KCB CBE who has two sons in the Coldstream Guards.

The soldiers returned to the barracks by 11.25am where they were joined by friends and family for a celebration gathering.

View a photo gallery from the parade below:


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