Princess Anne takes salute at 2 Signal Regiment’s York freedom parade

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HRH The Princess Royal at the freedom of the city parade in York. Photographer: Corporal Danielle Dawson, RLC - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

The Princess Royal who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Corps of Signals has attended the Freedom of York Parade this week (19 May 2022) to take the salute by 2 Signal Regiment.

Crowds gathered and cheered in Duncombe Place, near York Minster, as the regiment exercised its right to march through the City of York bearing arms, with bayonets fixed.

Soldiers stand on parade at the freedom of the city parade in York. Photographer: Corporal Danielle Dawson, RLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

Based in the heart of York at Imphal Barracks, 2 Signal Regiment is the Army’s Light Forces Signal Regiment, providing essential command support to 7 Infantry Brigade and 1 (United Kingdom) Division in order to enable the supported commanders’ decision making.

The regiment was granted the Freedom of the City of York in 2001, allowing it to march through the city with bayonets fitted and swords drawn.

The parade started in Deangate and then make its way into Duncombe Place, where the Princess inspected and spoke to the troops.

Soldiers march past York Minster at the freedom of the city parade in York. Photographer: Corporal Danielle Dawson, RLC – UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022

A spokesperson said: “This is a unique occasion” and it was encouraged members of the Armed Forces Community and friends joined in the celebrations, by providing the Officers and Soldiers of 2 Signal Regiment encouragement along the marching route.

The Princess used the trip to York to also make a private visit to the Minster, where she was able to view progress on a statue of her mother, The Queen, which is due to be installed in an empty niche at the West Front of the cathedral later this year.

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