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HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

10 June 1921 - 9 April 2021

It is with the utmost sadness that we learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness was hugely significant in the Armed Forces having served operationally himself for many years, and he was respected by all who served alongside him and after him. He was made Field Marshal of the British Army in 1953, a rank he held until his death, and he enjoyed strong lifelong connections with many British and Commonwealth services, regiments and corps. His loss is deeply felt and our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.

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Soldiers Provide Guard of Honour for Japan’s Prime Minister

The Irish Guards welcomed the Prime Minster of Japan, His Excellency Shinzō Abe to the UK with a Guard of Honour at The Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Prime Minster Shinzō Abe arrived by car and was greeted by the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May alongside Major General Commanding the Household Division, Major General Ben Bathurst.

The meeting highlighted the strong partnership the UK has with Japan in industry and in facing up to the global challenges of the 21st century.  

The prestigious ceremony began with the Irish Guards presenting arms prior to The Band of the Scots Guards Band playing “Scipio”.

On marching up to the dais the Captain of the Guard saluted with his sword and, in Japanese, said “Good morning Sir. Number Two Company, 1st Battalion Irish Guards are formed up and awaiting your inspection.”

Mr Abe then proceeded to inspect the immaculate troops, walking ahead of Mrs May and Maj Gen Bathurst.