Canadian Regiment dedicates the Drums of their Regiment to their Colonel-in-Chief, The Duke of Kent

Published 30 June 2023

The Duke of Kent with The Lorne Scots

During a Drumhead Service in Colour Court, St James’s Palace, The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment) dedicated the Drums of their Regiment to His Royal Highness by naming them the HRH The Duke of Kent’s Drums in recognition of HRH’s commitment as their longest serving Colonel-in-Chief.

A Drumhead Service takes place in Colour Court, St James’s Palace

A Drumhead Service is an Army ecumenical service traditionally held in the field during armed conflict, which sees the Regiment’s drums placed on top of each other to form an altar. The Service dates back to the 1700s when, lacking any means of transport to travel to church, the Regiment’s Padre would conduct the Service in the field, to provide the soldiers with a period of religious reflection and remembrance, and to pay tribute to their fallen comrades.

The Duke of Kent observes a Drumhead Service in Colour Court, St James’s Palace

The Lorne Scots are an Infantry Regiment in the Canadian Army Reserve with companies in Brampton, Georgetown and Oakville, Ontario. His Royal Highness, Field Marshal The Duke of Kent was appointed the Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment in June 1977.

In 1991, His Royal Highness presented the current colours of The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment) in during a visit to Ontario, Canada.

The Duke of Kent attends a Drumhead Service in Colour Court, St James’s Palace

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