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Duchess of Cornwall recalls Army officer father's capture and escape in WW2

The Duchess told London's Guildhall her father passed his admiration for Rifles regiments on to her.

The Duchess of Cornwall has revealed her father's admiration for the Rifles regiments, as she recalled his experience as a prisoner of war during World War Two.

The Duchess' father, Bruce Shand, who was an officer in the British Army, was captured while serving in Germany.

"He managed to escape, spending several days and nights hiding in the woods from the Hitler Youth," the Duchess told a Rifles awards dinner.

The Duchess of Cornwall, Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles, joined veterans, personnel and other members of the Royal Family at the Rifles' Awards Dinner on Wednesday at London's Guildhall.

In her speech, she explained how her father escaped along with a Green Jackets lieutenant called Edward Rose.

"Edward left a significant impression on my father, who forever afterwards admired the Rifle regiments, and made sure to pass that admiration on to me," the Duchess added.

Already Royal Colonel of 4th Battalion the Rifles since 2007, the Duchess of Cornwall now entirely oversees one of the British Army's largest infantry regiments.

Having already visited all five regular battalions as Colonel-in-Chief, she plans to visit the remaining three reserve battalions soon.