September 15 2014 Latest news:
Monday, September 1, 2014
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.