The Queen hails key infantry regiment at awards dinner

The Queen has praised The Rifles, one of many British Military’s key infantry regiments, for showcasing their expertise “magnificently” lately – together with on the King’s coronation.

Camilla, who’s Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles, was visitor of honour on the regiment’s biennial awards dinner at Guildhall within the Metropolis of London together with the unit’s Royal Colonels, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

Talking concerning the intervening interval since she attended the occasion in 2021, the Queen advised the assembled officers and Riflemen: “The final two years have showcased The Rifles magnificently.

“From the acquainted challenges we, as a regiment, so readily succeed at, via to the uncommon responsibility of gliding down the marching gears on the coronation with such panache.”

She added: “A lot has occurred since we final gathered right here on the Guildhall – from a full-scale invasion, the biggest seen in Europe because the Second World Conflict, via to the primary coronation in 70 years.

“I be aware with pleasure that Riflemen have boldly remained within the vanguard, doubling in the direction of every of those challenges.”

Camilla has a private connection to the regiment via her late father, Main Bruce Shand (Victoria Jones/PA)

The Queen has private hyperlinks to The Rifles although her late father Main Bruce Shand, who she stated would have needed her to “commend your family members, who make your work potential and hold the house fires burning”.

Two Battalions of The Rifles kind a part of the celebrated seventh Infantry Brigade, in any other case often known as the Desert Rats, with whom Main Shand served.

Camilla received a heat response from her viewers when she stated concerning the King’s coronation: “I need to say, to see 4,000 troopers, sailors, and airmen on parade was fairly extraordinary, with the three cheers within the backyard of Buckingham Palace fairly unforgettable.

Rifles Awards Dinner

The occasion comes throughout a time of controversy for the royal household within the wake of Omid Scobie’s e book (Victoria Jones/PA)

“My thanks goes out to 1 Rifles and the Band and Bugles of The Rifles for representing the Regiment with such pleasure and distinction – the dashing inexperienced tunics had been a welcome distinction to all of the redcoats, lace and frills.”

The occasion comes amid a row attributable to the publication of Omid Scobie’s e book on the royal household.

Endgame, penned by journalist Mr Scobie, paints unflattering portraits of a number of royals – together with Queen Camilla.

The Dutch model of the e book names two members of the royal household alleged to have raised “issues” concerning the pores and skin color of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son, Archie.

Mr Scobie has been accused of being behind a “stunt to promote books” and the Dutch version was subsequently pulled from cabinets.

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