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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh attends St Patrick’s Day Parade

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh visited the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment (2 R IRISH) in Lisburn, seeing them mark St Patrick’s Day with a parade and presentation of shamrock.

This was Her Royal Highness’ first visit to 2 R IRISH as the Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment since being handed the military role in August 2023.

 

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh visited the 2 R IRISH in Lisburn, seeing them mark St Patrick’s Day with a parade and presentation of shamrock.

This was Her Royal Highness’ first visit to 2 R IRISH as the Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment since being handed the military role in August 2023.

Her Royal Highness presented the first shamrock to Sergeant George Horner, a D-Day veteran, followed by officers and warrant officers of 2 R IRISH. George was accompanied by his two daughters.

George a veteran of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Ulster Rifles who on 1200hrs on 6th June 1944 landed in Normandy and crossed Sword Beach, selflessly putting himself in harm’s way. During the parade he stood proud alongside members of 2 R IRISH to receive his shamrock.

The Commanding Officer of 2 R IRISH said: “It was such an honour to have Her Royal Highness present at our parade presenting shamrocks to our Rangers, veterans, and cadets, and to meet our families. It is very much a family day for the Regiment, and it was great to have our new Colonel-in-Chief share the day with the regimental family in Northern Ireland.”

Carrying the Regimental Colours for the parade was Second Lieutenant Faith Hoy who commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in November last year.

Faith said: “I had a fantastic St Patrick’s Day Parade.  This was my first parade with the Royal Irish since commissioning from Sandhurst. It has been such an honour and privilege to have our Colonel-in-Chief with us today."

Faith also added: “It was a proud moment to be carrying our Regimental Colours on parade and is a day that will stick with me always”.

Following the parade, the beloved R IRISH mascot ‘Brian Boru X’, affectionately known as Conri, had the honour of meeting Her Royal Highness who then went on to meet soldiers and their families and cadets.

St Patrick’s Day is an important date in The Royal Irish Regiment’s calendar, which has been honoured since 1900 when Queen Victoria instructed all ranks of her Irish Regiments to wear, as a distinction, a sprig of shamrock in their head dress. This was to commemorate the gallantry of her Irish soldiers during the Boer War in South Africa.

Over the last 12 months, 2 R IRISH have continued to demonstrate their capability as an Army Reserve unit. Aside from routine business in the UK, they deploy overseas on exercises and operations recently playing a pivotal role in the UK-led multi-national operation to train and support the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They have also played a significant role in public ceremonial duties.

 

 

 

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