11:05AM, Friday 01 May 2015
The Queen presented New Colours to the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards at Windsor Castle yesterday.
Her Majesty was joined by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at the ceremony in the Quadrangle at the castle.
The battalion, dressed in their red tunics and bearskins, marched through the town on their way to the ceremony and visitors outside the castle gates were given Union Jack and Y Ddraig Goch flags to wave.
The soldiers stood to attention in the Quadrangle and Prince Charles, who is Colonel of the regiment, accompanied by Camilla was met by the Regimental Lieutenant Colonel Major General Robert Talbot Rice, and the Regimental Adjutant Colonel Tom Bonas.
The Old Colours were then marched off the parade. The Queen and Prince Philip then arrived and she inspected the troops with Prince Charles.
After a short service of prayers and consecration, Her Majesty presented the New Colours and three cheers rang out across the castle.
The Queen wore a royal blue Karl Ludwig jacquard dress printed with yellow flowers and a matching royal blue coat.
She teamed this with a royal blue hat by her senior dresser Angela Kelly and Welsh Guards’ broach.
In a speech at the ceremony she spoke of the 'family spirit' of the battalion.
She said: "This year I will send messages of congratulation to some eight thousand centenarians - born in the year 1915.
"Every such message is special, but for me this year, no hundredth birthday greeting will give greater pleasure to deliver than the one I give to you, along with these New Colours today."
She added: "And I am speaking to those Guardsmen and indeed to each and every one of you assembled here today, when I say that I am proud of what you have achieved together.
"It is the indomitable family spirit of the Welsh Guards that has been your hallmark.
"I know too that the support and devotion of the Regimental family remains as strong as ever, including the many branches of the Regimental Association in Wales and elsewhere who work tirelessly to give care to those who need it."
This is the eighth set of Colours that have been presented to the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in their 100 year history.
The Queen's Colour of the Welsh Guards carries a red dragon above the motto "Cymru Am Byth" in the centre, while the Regimental Colour carries a Company badge.
Regimental Lieutenant Colonel Major General Robert Talbot Rice said: “This is a very special day in a unique year.
"Marking the centenary of the Regiment reminds us of the extraordinary achievements of those who have gone before us, who established the reputation for excellence of which we as a Household Division Regiment are so proud.
"It emphasises our duty to build on that reputation in all that we do whether here at home, or on operations around the world.
"The colours presented to us today represent our pride in past achievements, and our steadfast loyalty to the Crown.
"They embody the resilient Welsh Guards’ spirit which holds all of us together as a tight knit family, and will be carried forward with great pride."
Look out for more photos in next Friday's Express.
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