In pictures: War veterans march in Windsor

In pictures: War veterans march in Windsor

David Lee

In pictures: War veterans march in Windsor

Enthusiastic crowds lined the streets to applaud war veterans as they marched through Windsor town centre.

More than 100 members from the Rifles and Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regimental Association (RGBW) took part in the march which saw roads closed in the town for 20 minutes on Friday.

Soldiers from 4th Battalion The Rifles, based in Aldershot’s New Normandy Barracks, also joined the parade, with the Shrewton Silver Band providing the music.

The parade was held to mark the 70th anniversary of the Second World War and the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Loos.

More than 20,000 British soldiers lost their lives fighting against the German forces during the 1915 battle.

It is regarded as one the biggest conflicts of the First World War.

Veterans set off on their march from Victoria Barracks, in Sheet Street, just before 2pm and made their way past the waving crowds.

After marching through Sheet Street and Windsor High Street, veterans were met by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Eileen Quick, who took the salute.

They then attended a service at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Gloucester, both patrons of the Rifles and RGBW, were both present at the service.

They welcomed the marchers for a special reception in Windsor Castle after the service.

Retired Colonel Stephen Oxlade, chairman of the Rifles and RGBW, said: “It was tremendous support, not just from the people of Windsor but from the families and friends of veterans.

“It was a great honour to be there. All the veterans and their families had a fantastic day.”

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