GALLERY: Soldiers, veterans and families present for Royal Anglian Regiment’s Colours presentation for Golden Jubilee

13:24 01 September 2014

Duke presents Royal Anglian Regiments new Colours. 
Three sets of new Regimental colours will be presented to the Royal Anglian Regiment by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester at Duxford from the old County Regiments of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
Following tradition the Royal Anglian Regiment

Duke presents Royal Anglian Regiments new Colours. Three sets of new Regimental colours will be presented to the Royal Anglian Regiment by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester at Duxford from the old County Regiments of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. Following tradition the Royal Anglian Regiment's new colours was presented by the Duke in his role as the Regiment's Colonel-in-Chief. The last new colours were presented in 1995 at Duxford and since then both the Royal Anglian Regimental Museum and the Regimental Memorial have also been established there. The practice of carrying Colours to act both as a rallying point for troops, and to mark the location of the Commander is thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt some 5,000 years ago. It was formalised in the armies of medieval Europe, with standards being emblazoned with the Commandera's coat of arms.

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The Royal Anglian Regiment has been presented with new Colours as it celebrates its Golden Jubilee.

About 5,000 soldiers, veterans and their families gathered at the Imperial War Museum Duxford 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 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.

The regiment’s Golden Jubilee celebrations also include a Beating Retreat, with music from the Band of The Queens Division and the Corps of Drums of The Royal Anglian Regiment, and an Act of Remembrance at the Regimental Memorial.

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