Prince Charles made his annual visit to Wales for St David’s Day on Friday 28th February, where her met members of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards.
The Prince of Wales, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment, watched soldiers training on home soil as part of Exercise Pashtun Tempest; the training exercises for soldiers about to deploy to Afghanistan.
Charles visited a Grade II listed Old Town Hall in Merthyr Tydfil, which is due to officially open on Saturday 1st March after a refurbishment. The hall will be used as an arts and crafts centre.
Sergeant John Davies, a member of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards, said “Prince Charles spoke to me and asked about our equipment, how effective it is and how we use it. It’s a good morale booster to have him come and visit the troops before we’re deployed.”
The next in line to the throne also visited a mock Afghan road check point where soldiers train how to respond to threats. The Prince then watched an example of life saving first aid training which soldiers prepare for under combat conditions.
Currently, the Regiment is training for a potential deployment to Afghanistan, where they will work closely with the Afghan National Army in Helmand Province.
This year, because St David’s Day is on a Saturday, The Prince undertook his engagements on the Friday, before spending a private weekend in Wales.