The Prince of Wales today visited the Welsh Guards at Combermere Barracks in Windsor where he met members of the Regiment and thanked them for their role in The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
During The Duke’s funeral, Welsh Guards lined the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh was Colonel of the Welsh Guards from 1973 until 1975, when The Prince of Wales took over the role.
His Royal Highness said:
I was so enormously proud of those of you who formed part of the complement during my father’s funeral recently. If I may say so, it was a wonderful credit, not only to the Welsh Guards but also to the Household Division and all those who were on parade that day for what you all did. I know my family and I were deeply moved by the way you all performed your duties.
I know my father would have been also enormously touched because he had dreamt up this particular way he wanted it done – so you did him proud. You certainly made your old Colonel, for what it is worth, very proud indeed.
The Prince also met groups from The Prince of Wales’s Company; Number Two Company; Number Three Company; and Headquarter Company. His Royal Highness also presented non-operational awards and viewed the Battalion’s new memorial.
The Welsh Guards are Light Role Infantry, deploying on operations around the world.
During the pandemic, they were among the first to trial Covid-19 testing in the UK and were deployed on Christmas Day to deliver mass testing and welfare to over 4,000 stranded lorry drivers in the Dover area.