Animals

Princess Anne Visits Military Dog Unit As It Marks 10 Years

1st Military Working Dog Regiment was joined by the Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps to celebrate.

The Princess Royal visited soldiers from 1st Military Working Dog Regiment and their canine companions in Rutland, as the unit marked its 10th anniversary.

Princess Anne learned about the regiment's achievements and future plans during her appearance as Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps.

The Military Working Dog Regiment includes about 350 personnel and is unique in its ability to deploy military working dogs and veterinary assets on behalf of the Army.

Handler and dog teams work to protect troops on the ground and can enhance levels of detection.

Both canine and handlers alike were happy to see Her Royal Highness in North Luffenham, with some receiving medals from the princess.

Long service and good conduct medals were received by four soldiers for 15 years of exemplary service, including Sergeant Andrew Miles.

"Not many people have the opportunity to have a member of the Royal family present you with an award," he said.

The Regiment's Reserve Squadron, 101 Military Working Dog Squadron, was introduced in 2015 – welcoming part-time employees – like hairdresser Lance Corporal Linsey Furness – to secure military bases and assets with their canines.

"It's been an honour and a privilege to meet Her Royal Highness," LCpl Furness said.

Anne took on the cake-cutting role on the day, but not before hearing from the families of those in the regiment.

Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Kay Hanson said: "The Princess Royal took a great interest in all we had to say, and it gave her the opportunity to hear first-hand from our soldiers about their role supporting exercises and operations around the world as well as the everyday life back here in Rutland."

Cover image: The Princess Royal visits 1st Military Working Dog Regiment to mark its 10th anniversary (Picture: British Army).