Army

In pictures: Queen's Own Yeomanry freedom parade through York

The parade to mark the 50th anniversary of the formation of the regiment had been delayed by the pandemic.

Members of the Queen's Own Yeomanry have exercised their right to march through the streets of York – as a part of the 50th anniversary of the regiment's formation.

Soldiers from the regiment, with bayonets and swords, marched through the streets of the city to the delight of onlookers.

The parade, which had been delayed by the pandemic, was accompanied by vehicles, horses and a full military band.

The Freedom of Entry to the City of York was granted to the Queen's Own Yeomanry in 2010, in recognition of the long association and cordial relations which have existed between the city and regiment.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the regiment, parades are also taking place in Wigan, Newcastle and at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, as well as other events to mark the occasion.

A post on the official Queen's Own Yeomanry Facebook page said: "In glorious sunshine, with crowds all through the city, the parade went without a hitch.

"After weeks of meticulous planning and preparation by all involved, the squadron marched through the streets to the music of a full military band, supported by officers and soldiers mounted on horses and their modern-day equivalent the Jackal light reconnaissance vehicle, as well as a large veteran contingent of the Old Comrades Association."