This week’s Colour Parade marked an important milestone for the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (Princess Royal’s Volunteer Corps) at Wellington Barracks in London.
The Princess Royal has been the Commandant-in-Chief of the Corps since 1981.
It saw them transfer from the aegis of The Royal Corps of Signals to become part of London District. This reflects the focus of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry within the capital, given that for many years, in order to be a FANY, you needed to live or work within London, so that you could deploy rapidly when needed.
2022 was a record year, with 950 days of voluntary support given, something the 2023 Recruits will be more than aware of as they celebrated with their Passing Out, a celebration which was also marked this week with the support of the Band of the Irish Guards and which took place under the watchful gaze of their Commandant-in-Chief HRH The Princess Royal.
The Parade marched on at 1910 hrs led by the Colour Party under the command of Lt Lucy Wright (Drill Officer). A Royal Salute was given on the arrival of HRH The Princess Royal; after her inspection, a second Royal Salute was given before the parade marched past.
The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry are on call 24/7, 365 days a year and deploy multi-faceted rapid response teams to support civil and military authorities in times of crisis.
They have moved away from nursing in the last 100 years, but compassion remains central to what they do.
In the Second World War, some 6,000 served with the Special Operations Executive and Auxiliary Territorial Service as agents, drivers, coders, signallers and support staff.
The Corps is honoured to have a strong historical connection with Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; in 1945, the then HRH Princess Elizabeth trained with the FANY/ATS as a driver and in motor mechanics.