1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards Standard – Ceremony

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July 2019

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ABOVE: A 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards soldier at the hand-carved standard.

Soldiers from the 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, The Welsh Cavalry, had the honour of welcoming King Charles III, formerly The Prince of Wales for a special ceremony at Llandaff Cathedral as the Regiment celebrated its 60th anniversary.

War Memorial Conservation Co. had the honour of creating a memorial, hand-crafted in stone and bronze.

King Charles, formerly Colonel-in-Chief of the QDG, laid a wreath at a memorial stone inside the cathedral, which bore the names of fallen soldiers, and met with their families. This day also marked the 50th anniversary of King Charles’ Investiture at Caernarfon Castle in 1969, and his visit to Cardiff signalled the start of his annual summer visit to Wales.

BELOW: War Memorial Conservation Co. CEO Simon Morgan (right) with King Charles at the Standard.

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Lieutenant Colonel Justin Stenhouse, Commanding Officer of the QDG, who were based in Swanton Morley, Norfolk, after returning from Germany four years prior, remarked on the significance of the 60th anniversary and Prince Charles’ milestone, calling the occasion “a very special one indeed”.

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“Today has been 10 years in the planning and we now have a spiritual home here at the cathedral. It’s a poignant moment, not just for the soldiers here, but for the families of those who lost their lives.”

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ABOVE: An honourable service in Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales in 2019.

“We finally have a home for it. It’s such an honour for Prince Charles to be here, given how busy his diary is, and it means a lot to us,” he added.

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ABOVE: 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards Standard in all its intricate detail.

Warrant Officer Class Two David Thomas, from the Rhondda, shared that he had “personally known four members of the Regiment” whose names were inscribed on the memorial. He expressed the importance of honoring the fallen and paying respects to their families.

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ABOVE: King Charles greets 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards at the ceremony.

He then added “It was a moving ceremony and it’s very important we honour those we’ve lost and pay our respects to the families. It’s always special coming back home to Wales and to have our Colonel-in-Chief here is a privilege for all of us.”

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ABOVE: Badge of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards.

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ABOVE: King Charles takes a moment with one of his Horse Guards at the ceremony.

Information and images from the Army in Wales Facebook page. See the original post.

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