Grenadier Guards being inspected at Wellington Barracks
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh is this morning attending the regimental remembrance service for the Grenadier Guards, of which he is colonel.
The service will be conducted in the Guards’ Chapel at Wellington Barracks, where the Grenadier Guards and the Band will march to Horseguards’ Parade (The Duke and the other officers will walk through the park, as is tradition) where wreaths will be laid on the Guards memorial on Horseguards and the Last Post will be played.
Vetrans from the Grenadier Guards will also join the parade, in the band and also marching to Horseguards.
Each regiment of footguards, with its royal colonel (with the exception of the Coldstream Guards, who have a non-royal colonel) commemorates a regimental remembrance day.
As the Duke of Edinburgh said in a BBC interview, being colonel means taking an interest in the regiment and visiting families of soldiers. The Duke frequently holds meetings and gatherings for Grenadier Officers and Soldiers alike.
The Grenadier Guards, as well as being the ‘First regiment of Foot’ and having the honour of guarding The Queen at her residences, is also an active infantry regiment of the Army, suffering losses in Afghanistan. Today is about commemorating those who have fallen.