Prince Charles will salute troops conferred the honorary freedom of South Ayrshire on this Saturday.
The Prince of Wales, Royal Honorary Colonel, Queen’s Own Yeomanry, will be present at the parade and reception. The Ayrshire (Earl of Carrick’s Own) Yeomanry Squadron, The Queen’s Own Yeomanry servicemen and women will receive the honour.
Service personnel will parade through Ayr town centre after being inspected by the Prince of Wales. Joining Charles at the event will be The Duke of Westminster, who is their Honorary Colonel and South Ayrshire Provost Helen Moonie.
The parade will then march to the Wallace Tower in Ayr where The Prince will then take the official salute.
“We are very proud of our servicemen and women and presenting the Honorary Freedom of South Ayrshire to them is one way of showing our appreciation,” Provost Helen Moonie commented.
The Commander is Colonel of the Regiment, Queen Elizabeth II (as The Duke of Lancaster).
With squadrons in Ayr, York, Belfast, Cupar and Newcastle, The Queen’s Own Yeomanry (QOY) is one of the Army Reserve’s light armoured reconnaissance battalions.
The Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry began throughout numerous troops of light horse that were bred in Lancaster during the eighteenth century. The first on record was the Bolton Light Horse established in 1798.
In 1828 the Lancashire Corps of Yeomanry Cavalry were brought together. Through a special act of King William IV, they were granted the title: Duke of Lancaster’s Corps of Yeomanry Cavalry in 1834. The Sovereign, as the Duke of Lancaster, has traditionally been Colonel-in-Chief.
Charles has held the title of Royal Honorary Colonel since 2000.