A speech by The Duke of Cambridge to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at Windsor
Published 25 June 2011
To exchange combat kit for ceremonial uniform in the space of two weeks is nothing short of remarkable.
Colonel Ghika, Irish Guardsmen….fellow Micks,
I stand before you with pride and humility. I am proud to be your Colonel. I am humbled by the thought of the sacrifices that you and your families have made and the losses that you have suffered – all in the service of our Country. Along with thousands of others back home, I followed your tour in Afghanistan with a mounting sense of awe.
It was with wonder, therefore, that as Catherine and I rode through the Centre Gate of Buckingham Palace on our wedding day, there you were, formed up as The Queen’s Guard with your Commanding Officer at your head. If ever there was an illustration of why the Foot Guards – and the Micks in particular – are special, that was it. To exchange combat kit for ceremonial uniform in the space of two weeks is nothing short of remarkable. To be amongst the most proficient in the world wearing both is just extraordinary.
I can only imagine what the Campaign medals you receive today must mean to you. Over the years and decades ahead when you look at this medal, I’m sure it will bring back so many conflicting memories:
Sadness for those who did not return, and thoughts of their families who received their Elizabeth Crosses today;
Respect for the sacrifices of our wounded whom we are all so pleased to see here on parade;
Gratitude to your families for supporting you through the impossible pressures that service life sometimes imposes;
And pride at being part of a Battalion that rose to the challenge of operations in such a magnificent way.
Irish Guardsmen, you are a fine sight. Whether in the Rifle Companies or in the Rear Party, you have done honour to the name of our great regiment.
The Duke of Cambridge unveiled a new Submariners memorial
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The inaugural Earthshot Prize Ceremony Awards London
The Duke of Cambridge attended The Royal Foundation’s Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium
The King's Cup
The Duke of Cambridge and the FA launch 'Heads Up' mental health campaign
A speech delivered by The Duke of Cambridge at a United for Wildlife Joint Taskforce meeting
It has taken a lot of hard work – and real commitment – to get to the point where you are all sitting here together today. And we should all feel proud that we’re starting to...
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex launch Shout
A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the handover of the Defence & National Rehab Centre to the nation
The Duke of Cambridge's speech at the handover of the Defence & National Rehabilitation Centre to the nation, during which he read the winning poem from the DNRC National...
A speech delivered by The Duke of Cambridge at the Workplace Wellbeing Conference
I am delighted that The Royal Foundation and Mind will be launching a new Workplace Wellbeing Programme in September to support employers across the country
A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at The Royal Foundation Forum
When we work together, we are greater than the sum of our parts." – The Duke of Cambridge on the impact of The Royal Foundation and its ability to bring people together to...
A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the National Launch of Step into Health, London
Supporting veterans has always been a key plank of the work my brother and I have done through The Royal Foundation. The men and women of our armed forces who stand up to...
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry celebrate World Mental Health Day09 October 2017
Reading by The Duke of Cambridge at the Last Post ceremony in Belgium
We extend our deep gratitude to the Last Post Association and the people of Ieper for this daily act of homage in honour of our fallen
A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at The Guild of Health Writers Conference
My thanks to all of you, for your continued focus as journalists on mental health, breaking down the barriers around it.
A speech by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at the Heads Together event, London 2017
It is no exaggeration to say that conversations – simple conversations – can be life-changing: in a workplace, in your kitchen at home, with a friend, family member or...
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry attend charity Christmas party19 December 2016
A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the Heads Together Unilever Conference
Without employers committed to changing attitudes, we would be pushing a rock uphill – but, with you, we can and will change the way we think about mental health in this...
A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at Kensington Memorial Park
I am delighted to dedicate Kensington Memorial Park as a Centenary Field
The Duke of Cambridge to be Patron of the Thin Red Line Appeal
A speech by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry for Heads Together on World Mental Health Day
To us, mental health first aid means getting in there early to support people, before what they're going through becomes more serious or even clinical.
A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the NRW 70th Anniversary Gala in Dusseldorf
I am pleased to wish North Rhine-Westphalia, on its 70th anniversary: Alles Gute!
The Duke of Cambridge to visit Dusseldorf , State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
A speech by The Duke of Cambridge at the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce declaration signing
Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you so much for joining us here at Buckingham Palace for the signing of this declaration. Lord Hague, on behalf of everyone here, can I say a huge...