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New Colours for the Royal Anglian Regiment

The Band of The Queen's Division recently supported an event to mark the presentation of new Colours to the Royal Anglian Regiment.

On the 31st August 2014, the 3 Battalions of The Royal Anglian Regiment (one of 3 Infantry Regiments within The Queen’s Division) were presented with new Colours by their Colonel in Chief, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. The Band of The Queens Division (a part of The Corps of Army Music) were privileged to take part in this important event, performing in the Parade itself, as well as providing some musical entertainment during the lunch interval in the form of our Dixieland Jazz ensemble, a static Show Band and an early evening Beating Retreat/Act of Remembrance in front of the Royal Anglian Regiment Memorial.

The Royal Anglian Regiment is comprised of two regular Battalions and one reserve Battalion. As a result of the Options for Change Defence Review in 1992, the then 3 Regular and 3 Reserve Batallions were reduced to 2 Regular (1st Batallion (The Vikings) and 2nd Batallion (The Poachers)) and 1 Reserve (3rd Batallion (The Steelbacks)) Battalions. Three years later, the new 1st and 2nd Battalions received their Colours, again at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in 1995.

19 years later and ably assisted by the Band of The Royal Anglian Regiment and the Massed Corps of Drums of all three Battalions, the Band of The Queens Division helped ensure the proud traditions and history of the Regiment, the Queen’s Division and the Corps of Army Music were upheld and live on.

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