Royal Welsh celebrate 300th anniversary

One of the British Army’s oldest Regiments celebrated its 300th anniversary on Saturday (7 Sep 19) at Cardiff Castle.

The 41st Regiment of Foot, later to become the Welch Regiment, was raised in 1719. Further amalgamations then eventually led to what we know today as The Royal Welsh, represented  on the day by Regulars serving with 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh and the Reservists of 3rd Battalion The Royal Welsh. 

Indeed, it is also the 50th anniversary since the Welch Regiment was merged with the South Wales Borderers to form the Royal Regiment of Wales (24th /41st Foot). 

A Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicle was on display outside Cardiff Castle and inside there was a number of events to celebrate the anniversary, including re-enactments and musical displays. There was a Beating Retreat ceremony featuring The Regimental Band and Corps of Drums of The Royal Welsh. A team of cyclists also arrived at the castle during the day after completing a 350-mile bike ride for charity.

Our soldiers strive every day to make the people of Wales and the United Kingdom proud Maj Gen James Swift, OBE

Major General James Swift OBE, Colonel of The Royal Welsh, said: "We celebrate not only the Regiment itself, but also those people who have served in it through its proud history. So too we thank our families for all their support and dedication to the Regiment."

"On parade today are soldiers of both the 1st and 3rd Battalions of the Royal Welsh, the modern line infantry regiment of Wales, formed from the Royal Regiment of Wales and Royal Welch Fusiliers in 2006." 

"The Royal Welsh is one of the leading regiments in the British Army. The 1st Battalion is the longest-serving Armoured Infantry battalion in the Army and the 3rd Battalion is widely regarded as amongst the very best within the Army Reserve."

"Our soldiers strive every day to make the people of Wales and the United Kingdom proud and indeed they have done so across the world. On operations in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, Estonia, the Philippines and the African continent, the soldiers of the Royal Welsh have served, and continue to serve, the people of this country just as their forebears once did."