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Hollywood glamour for Infantry soldiers

Soldiers swapped muck and bullets for the glamour of the red carpet at a world film premiere in London.

Members of 1st Battalion The Duke Of Lancaster’s Regiment (1LANCS) mingled with icons of the silver screen at the launch of The King’s Man in Leicester Square.

The Infantry regiment has the unique rank of Kingsman, leading Disney to invite them to take part in the high-profile celebration.

Thirty Kingsmen and five members of Drum Platoon marched down and lined the red carpet in full uniform, with senior ranks from the regiment, led by Commanding Officer Brigadier Frazer Lawrence OBE, also guests at the glitzy event.

The prequel to the previous two Kingsman: Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, features a star-studded cast including Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Dijmon Hounsou, Tom Hollander and Charles Dance. Also front and centre were director Matthew Vaughn and his supermodel wife Claudia Schiffer.

I have never had an opportunity to attend an event like this before. Kgn Hind, 1LANCS

Kingsman Hind, of Anzio Company, 1LANCS, said: "I have served with the Battalion for over five years now, deploying to Cyprus, Iraq and soon to be the Falklands. I have never had an opportunity to attend an event like this before. My personal highlight is getting the chance to experience London with my mates from the Battalion."  

Prior to the premiere, the film’s logo was projected onto the front of Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where some of the film was shot.