The Duchess of Cornwall, Royal Colonel of 4th Battalion, The Rifles, (4 RIFLES), has visited the Battalion during its pre-deployment training.
Her Royal Highness watched some mission-specific training, opened the Officers' Mess and joined soldiers and their families at a reception at Bulford Camp, Wiltshire.
On arrival, Her Royal Highness was welcomed by Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Tom Bewick. The Duchess then climbed into a Husky protected support vehicle and was driven to a nearby training area. Here she met members of R Company and was introduced to some of the kit and equipment they use.
This was followed by demonstrations of how a compound held by insurgents would be cleared and then, in a second compound, how the Afghan National Army, Afghan Police and R Company soldiers would work together.
Once back in the Husky, Her Royal Highness was driven to the Officers’ Mess where she undertook the official opening of the building. She then visited the HUB dining hall where she met soldiers from R Company and their families.
Battalion prepares to deploy
Her Royal Highness became Royal Colonel of the 4th Battalion The Rifles, when the new Battalion, formerly the 2nd Battalion The Royal Green Jackets, was formed on 1st February 2007. She last visited Bulford Camp in November 2011 when she attended a Junior Non-Commissioned Officer Cadre Pass-Off Parade.
The Rifles is a regiment of the British Army consisting of five regular and two territorial battalions, plus a number of companies in other TA battalions, making the regiment the largest in the infantry. The Rifles was formed by the amalgamation of the four Light Infantry and Rifle Regiments of the Light Division. The 4th Battalion was formed from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Green Jackets.
4 RIFLES, which is a Light Role Infantry Battalion, undertook training in Kenya in 2011 and Canada in 2012. This enabled the Battalion to maintain the highest levels of capability before it began pre-deployment training for operations in Afghanistan, which it is still undertaking. The Battalion is likely to deploy in the next few months.