One hundred and thirty recruits took the oath at the Army Training Regiment in Winchester
One hundred and thirty recruits took the oath at the Army Training Regiment in Winchester (Picture: British Army).
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British Army recruits swear allegiance to a King for first time in 70 years

One hundred and thirty recruits took the oath at the Army Training Regiment in Winchester
One hundred and thirty recruits took the oath at the Army Training Regiment in Winchester (Picture: British Army).

For the first time in more than 70 years, British Army recruits have sworn their oath of allegiance to a King.

In an official occasion known as the Attestation Ceremony, recruits read aloud their promise to be loyal to the new monarch, King Charles III, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

One hundred and thirty recruits took the oath at the Army Training Regiment in Winchester, marking the beginning of their military career.

British Army recruits pledge allegiance to a King for the first time in 70 years (Picture: MOD).
Recruits swearing allegiance to the King on the parade square at Sir John Moore Barracks (Credit: MOD).

The oath they read was: "I swear by almighty God that I will be faithful, and bear true allegiance to his Majesty King Charles III, his heirs, and successors, and that I will as in duty bound, honestly and faithfully defend his Majesty, his heirs, and successors in person, crown and dignity, against all enemies, and will observe and obey all orders of His Majesty, his heirs, and successors and the generals and officers set over me."

Among them was Recruit Day who said that the day meant "so much" to him and the country.

"I can protect the new King and serve my country. There is something deep inside willing me to do that," he said.

Recruits recited the oath holding a bible in their right hand and in front of their regiment's flag at half-mast.