The Royal Anglian Regiment has been presented with new Colours as it celebrates its Golden Jubilee.
Some 5,000 soldiers, veterans and their families gathered at the Imperial War Museum Duxford on Sunday 31st August 2014 to mark the anniversary and the arrival of the new Colours, which were presented by the Regiment’s Colonel-in-Chief His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester.
The Royal Anglian Regiment was formed in 1964 from the county regiments of East Anglia and the East Midlands, carrying on the proud traditions of units whose history that can be traced back to 1685.
The Colours, originally carried as a rallying point on the battlefield, carry the regiment’s battle honours and represent its loyalty to the Crown, devotion to duty and honour. New Colours are only presented every generation with the previous Colours presented in 1995 at Duxford, where the Royal Anglian Regimental Museum and the Regimental Memorial have since been established.
More than 200 soldiers from the Regiment’s three battalions, two regular and one reserve, were on parade while their antecedent Colours were marched off for the final time. A service of consecration for the new Colours then took place, led by the Chaplain-General to the Army the Reverend Jonathan Woodhouse, assisted by the Regimental Padres.
At the end of the service, the Duke said: “I am delighted to be present at this historic occasion and take great pleasure in presenting these Colours on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.
“The Royal Anglian Regiment is very modern and forward thinking, but we hold our county roots very close to our heart and our history and geography contribute so much to who we are.
This Regiment represents everything great about the British Army and has contributed to all of the major campaigns and deployments of the last 50 years“The Regiment is also a family and we have three fighting battalions at the core of a community built on the support of our families, veterans and home towns. We would not be able to sustain our excellent standards without that solid support.
“I am very proud of this Regiment which represents everything great about the British Army and has contributed to all of the major campaigns and deployments of the last 50 years. If anything the scope, breadth and tempo of the regiment’s work is set to increase and I know it is in fine health to rise to the challenges to come.”
Lieutenant General Phil Jones CBE, the Colonel of the Royal Anglian Regiment, said: “Having lived in the Regiment for my whole life, I feel enormously proud to be involved as the regiment receives its new Colours. It is a special day and we are honoured that His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester has been able to present the Colours. This parade has allowed us to gather the regimental family together to reflect on our heritage, the sacrifice of so many and the steadfastness of our soldiers.
“We are also celebrating our first 50 years as a modern infantry regiment which, through service in all of the British Army’s operations across the world in that period, has upheld the proud traditions of our antecedent regiments. As we look to the challenges of future operations in an uncertain world we are determined to continue living up to our regimental ethos – we make it happen.”
The Regiment’s Golden Jubilee celebrations also include a Beating Retreat, with music from the Band of The Queens Division, The Royal Anglian Band and the Corps of Drums of The Royal Anglian Regiment, and an Act of Remembrance at the Regimental Memorial.
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