Irish Guards receive New Colours from His Majesty The King

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Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024 - MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

His Majesty The King, King Charles III Presented No 9 and No 12 Companies the Irish Guards with their new Colours at Windsor Castle Castle today (10/06/2024).

The new Sovereign’s Colour will be used for the first time on The King’s Birthday Parade on 15 June when it will be trooped through the ranks and past The King by Number 9 Company Irish Guards on Trooping The Colour on Horse Guards Parade.

Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024 – MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

Number 9 Company and Number 12 Company were presented with their new Colours (regimental flags) which have been painstakingly hand embroidered in silk and gold threads emblazoned with the battle honours of the 2nd Battalion Irish Guards.

Number 9 and Number 12 Companies hone the discipline and skills of new Irish Guardsmen fresh out of the Infantry Training Centre in Catterick before the young soldiers progress to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, ready to serve in combat operations around the world. 

Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024 – MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

The long hours spent conducting perfectly timed drill and the attention to detail required in every aspect of their uniforms is often credited as the reason why the Guardsmen make for such world-renowned frontline infantry soldiers.

The Irish Guards were, of course, accompanied by Turlough Mὸr (Pron. Tur-lock More) their Irish Wolf Hound regimental mascot.

Although named after Turlough Mὸr of Connaught who ruled as High King of Ireland between 1136 and 1156AD, he is more affectionally known by his kennel name of Seamus.

Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd. UK MOD © Crown copyright 2024 – MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

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