Her Majesty The Queen Visits 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland, 28th June, 2013
The Queen visited 5th Battalion Royal Regiment of Scotland (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) at Howe Barracks on 28th June, before the Battalion was disbanded as part of the reduction of the Regular Army. The Queen has been Royal Colonel and Colonel in Chief of the Regiment for 66 years.
During the visit The Queen inspected a parade of the Battalion, met families and saw demonstrations of children dancing. She also met members of the newly formed Balaklava Company, which will remain as an independent Public Duties Incremental Company (PDIC), based in Edinburgh, however, as with all PDIC they will have a fully operational role, and has already deployed to the Falkland Islands for an unaccompanied 6 month tour of Duty.
The Queen lunched with members Officers and Sergeants Mess, before departing, at which time her car was led by the Pipes and Drums and followed by members of the Battalion and their families
The day was effectively the last day of a 10 year stay in Canterbury, during which time The City Council conferred on 5 SCOTS the Freedom of the City. The departure of the Argyll’s brings to an end the military’s association with the City, which stretches back 3 centuries.