Prince Charles

Prince Charles Thanks Welsh Guards For Role In Duke's Funeral

The Prince of Wales, who has been Colonel of the regiment since 1975, met personnel at Combermere Barracks in Windsor.

The Prince of Wales has personally thanked the Welsh Guards, who took part in the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral, telling them they "did him proud".

While visiting the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards at Combermere Barracks in Windsor, Prince Charles told them the Royal Family was "deeply moved" by the way service personnel performed their duties at the ceremony.

It was the Prince's first public event since his father the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral on 17 April.

Twenty members of 1st Battalion lined the north and east sides of the royal residence's Quadrangle for Prince Philip's funeral procession from Windsor Castle.

They had been picked as the Duke of Edinburgh had a close association with the Welsh Guards, serving as their Regimental Colonel from 1953 until 1975, when Prince Charles succeeded him.

Addressing personnel at Windsor's Combermere Barracks, the Prince of Wales said: "I was so enormously proud of those of you who formed part of the complement during my father's funeral recently.

"I know my family and I were deeply moved by the way you all performed your duties.

"People from other countries rang me up to say that they had never seen anything quite so marvellous, so beautifully done and with such dignity and style.

"Of course it is something with which you are all rightly famed, but I know my father would have been also enormously touched because he had dreamt up this particular way he wanted it done – so you did him proud."

During his visit, Prince Charles presented three non-operational awards inside the Officers' Mess, and also viewed the Welsh Guards Memorial stone, which was unveiled in December 2020.

He also met groups comprising The Prince of Wales' Company, Number Two Company, Number Three Company and Headquarter Company.

Personnel from the regiment have taken on a number of significant roles in recent times, setting up the first COVID mobile testing units in England during the coronavirus pandemic and testing lorry drivers stranded in the Dover area on Christmas Day.

In addition to the ceremonial duties carried out during Prince Philip's funeral, the Welsh Guards delivered a birthday performance for the Queen in June 2020.

Having recently deployed to the Falkland Islands, Nigeria and Kenya, personnel from the regiment are preparing for an operational tour in Iraq to counter the so-called Islamic State group and for anti-poaching deployment to Africa.