The Irish Guards received their new colours from Prince William ahead of next month’s Trooping the Colour. During an inspection of the regiment at Windsor Castle, William wore the regimental uniform. He has served as Colonel of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards since 2011.
The Irish Guards Band and the Corps of Drums led the regiment in a ceremonial march through Windsor. Prince William then inspected the Irish Guards front ranks before presenting the regiment’s new colours. He also delivered a speech to the troops.
“Presenting new colours to The First Battalion @irish guards today. You and your successors continue to serve our country in times of war or peace, here at home or abroad. I know they will be an inspiration to you”, the official Twitter account of Duke and Duchees of Cambridge posted with photos from the occasion.
An Irish regiment has established in 1900 by the decree of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. It was a tribute to the heroics of Irish troops in the Second Boer War. As is customary, the Queen handed the Irish Guard’s old colours in 2009. However, they have only just changed due to the epidemic.
During Trooping the Colour, the Irish Guards will display their new ceremonial banner. Soldiers from the Household Division and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery expected to participate in the ceremony.