Scotland

St Andrew's Day Celebrated By Scottish Regiments

Personnel across the UK have marked the occasion.

Troops at Wellington Barracks marked the occasion (Picture: Army in London/Twitter).

St Andrew’s Day has been celebrated by the Scottish regiments of the British Army.

At Wellington Barracks in London, troops bared their knees for Parade Inspection, with most dressed in kilts and sporting rugby or football tops instead of their usual uniform.

In a further break from their day-to-day routine, many had their faces painted in the blue and white of the Saltire and some had the Lion Rampant flag draped around their waists.

Further south in Aldershot, Hampshire 1st Battalion The Scots Guards decked themselves out in clan costumes with competitions planned in welly lobbing, tossing the caber, tug-of-war and the kilted dash.

St Andrew was declared the patron saint of Scotland in 1320 and celebrations have been held in his honour since at least 1,000 AD.

The Cross of St Andrew features on Scotland’s flag, the Saltire, and the saint is thought to be buried in the Fife town of St Andrews.