Duchess of Edinburgh witnesses first hand capabilities of Army reservists

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The Duchess of Edinburgh visits Exercise RHINO HEART as the Royal Colonel to the Queen’s Own Yeomanry, marking her first visit to the Regiment in the field.

Exercise Rhino Heart, spanning two weeks in Germany, marks the largest deployment of Army reservists in nearly three decades.

During her visit to Sennelager, Germany, Her Royal Highness engaged with troops, witnessing first hand their capabilities.

Speaking to the troops, the Duchess remarked:

“The fact that you’ve been given the opportunity to prove that we’ve got an extremely capable and reliable reserve force is very exciting.

“From what I’ve seen, the atmosphere is really positive and upbeat, and everyone is getting a huge amount out of it. I wish you all the best for a successful exercise.”

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The Duchess of Edinburgh’s visit to the Queen’s Own Yeomanry in Germany highlighted the Regiment’s collaboration with NATO allies.

The Queen’s Own Yeomanry is a light cavalry regiment in the Army Reserve. As a light armoured reconnaissance unit, its role involves operating in front of other friendly forces to gather intelligence on the enemy and the environment.

Photographer: Corporal Nanda Atherton, RLC Copyright: UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024 MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

Queen’s Own Yeomanry Reservists are highly trained cavalry soldiers who operate well ahead of other forces, monitoring enemy troops and feeding intelligence back to commanders.

The tools of their trade include high-tech weaponry, thermal imaging equipment, and the latest digital battlefield communications systems. They get around using light armoured vehicles, but they’re equally at home on foot.

During her visit, she interacted with US National Guard reservists alongside the QOY, emphasising the robust international partnerships and camaraderie within NATO reserve forces.

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