The Prince of Wales, Colonel of the Regiment, visited the Welsh Guards at Combermere Barracks in Windsor yesterday.
The visit, HRH’s first public engagement since the funeral of his father, was an opportunity for The Prince of Wales to catch up with the Welsh Guards, hear first-hand about their activities over the past year, and to wish them good luck for their latest missions.
His Royal Highness was welcomed to the Windsor Barracks by a Quarter Guard, before being received by the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Llewelyn-Usher. His Royal Highness presented three medals to members of the battalion and then, in the Officers’ Mess Garden, he met and chatted with soldiers and officers in three socially distanced groups comprising of The Prince of Wales’s Company; Number Two Company; Number Three Company; and Headquarter Company Welsh Guards.
Yesterday’s visit meant a great deal to all the soldiers involved, many of whom had lined the North and East sides of the Windsor Castle Quadrangle at HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral last month.
The late Prince Philip, as a former Colonel of the Regiment, had been head of the Welsh Guards’ Regimental family from 1953 to 1975, when he then handed the title and responsibility on to his son, The Prince of Wales.