Wales

UK Armed Forces Celebrate St David's Day

400 members of the Royal Welsh Regiment took part in a parade in Germany to mark St David's Day.

The British military has been celebrating St David's Day with parades at home and overseas. 

Soldiers from the Welsh Guards marched on the parade square at Combermere Barracks in Windsor where traditional leek symbols were distributed.

Earlier, the troops attended a service in the garrison church where a cross that was made in the Falkland Islands during the war was rededicated in what will be its new home.

Guardsman Connor Williams said: "It's been absolutely brilliant to keep the heritage up, especially for everyone who's joining these days - got to keep the tradition going."

Meanwhile, in Germany, 400 members of the Royal Welsh Regiment also marked the occasion.

The soldiers were given their special St David's Day leeks and were joined on parade by mascot Fusilier Llewelyn - one of the regiment's two goats. 

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Welsh Guards lined up at Combermere Barracks.

The Royal Welsh are in Germany as they prepare to undergo a month-long armoured infantry exercise at the British Army's Sennelegar Training Centre. 

Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ru Streatfield, told Forces News: "This is the first time we've trained in Germany since the drawdown from Germany.

“Two years ago we marked it in Estonia on Op Cabrit but before we've celebrated on a range of operations, be it in Afghanistan, in Iraq or on exercises across the world. 

"So wherever we are, we always mark.

“As a Welsh regiment, to be able to celebrate this on exercise is something that we deeply enjoy and are deeply proud of.”

On social media, British military accounts have also been celebrating Wales' national day.