The Princess of Wales visits 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards
Published 09 November 2023
The Princess of Wales has visited 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards (QDG) for the first time since being appointed as the Regiment's Colonel-in-Chief by His Majesty The King in August this year.
During the visit, Her Royal Highness had the opportunity to learn about elements of operational life, including the Jackal 2 high mobility weapons platform, communications on deployment, and utilising reconnaissance drones.
The Princess also met families of QDG personnel to hear about their experiences and the welfare support that is offered by the Regiment. Her Royal Highness then awarded Long Service & Good Conduct medals to a number of servicemen and women in the Regiment and, ahead of Remembrance Sunday, took a moment with serving personnel to remember those that the QDG had lost in active service in recent years.
Finally, The Princess promoted the Regimental Mascot - Trooper ‘Longface’ Emrys Jones, a Bay Welsh Mountain Pony - from ‘Lance Corporal’ to ‘Corporal’.
The QDG have been active for over 300 years, having been formed in 1959 from the amalgamation of the two senior Cavalry regiments, 1st King’s Dragoon Guards and The Queen’s Bays. The Regiment specialise in reconnaissance: the art of seeking out the enemy and understanding how they operate.
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