Princess Anne presents award to soldier from 13 ASSR 271119 CREDIT BRITISH ARMY.

Princess Anne Presents Awards To Soldiers

One soldier described it as a "real honour" to receive an award from Princess Anne.

Princess Anne presents award to soldier from 13 ASSR 271119 CREDIT BRITISH ARMY.

Princess Anne presents an award to a soldier at Merville Barracks (Picture: British Army).

The Princess Royal has visited Merville Barracks in Colchester to present awards to a number of soldiers. 

As Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Logistic Corps, Princess Anne met members of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment (13 ASSR) and their families. 

One soldier was given a commendation award for his work on Operation Shader in Iraq, while Long Service and Good Conduct Medals were presented to soldiers who have served for 15 years with a clean disciplinary record.

Corporal Godfred Otchere, who received one of the medals, said: "I've worked hard and played the rules and it is nice to have my service recognised.

"It’s a real honour to receive a medal from the Princess Royal - she was very nice and asked about my work and family."

Princess Anne speaks to military families in Colchester 271119 CREDIT BRITISH ARMY
Children and family members of the soldiers also got the chance to meet the Princess Royal (Picture: British Army).

Princess Anne also spoke to soldiers about their role and was shown the equipment they would use on operation.

Lieutenant Colonel James Beere, Commanding Officer of 13 AASR, told BFBS Colchester: "Having the Princess Royal here is a real morale boost.

"It's really nice for us to have her here and to meet some of our families, meet our soldiers and just having her here would have lifted the Regiment." 

13 ASSR's main role is to provide logistic and equipment support to 16 Air Assault Brigade - the British Army's Airborne Rapid Reaction Force.