Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, has joined hundreds of troops at Pirbright Camp to celebrate 25 years of the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC).
Princess Anne, as the RLC’s Colonel-in-Chief, was the guest of honour at the parade ground at Brunswick Barracks in Pirbright, where she inspected the first rank of troops before issuing stable belts to 36 of the soldiers on parade.
As part of the 25th anniversary commemorations, the presentation of the belts symbolically marked the return of the Corps to wearing the uniquely coloured belt that identifies the wearer as a member of the RLC.
The RLC was created on the 5th April 1993, when five corps and services joined together: the Royal Corps of Transport, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, Royal Pioneer Corps, Army Catering Corps and the Army’s Postal and Courier Service.
The Corps is still the largest body of troops within the British army. Its duty is to supply and maintain the British Army whenever and wherever it is called upon to serve – hence its motto “We Sustain".
After the parade, which involved 460 troops, Princess Anne was introduced to members of the corps and their families.
Staff Sergeant Suaimal Kamara, of the RLC, shared the day with his wife and two daughters.
He said: “Especially being with family, to meet her Royal Highness, celebrating 25 years of the RLC – it’s an absolutely massive opportunity. I don’t think we’ll ever experience this again.”