Decade of Royal Regiment of Scotland marked on Royal Mile

Deputy Lord Provost Steve Cardownie meets the troops. Picture: Jon Savage

Deputy Lord Provost Steve Cardownie meets the troops. Picture: Jon Savage

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The Royal Regiment of Scotland has marked its first decade of operations with a parade through the Capital followed by a service to remember the fallen.

The soldiers were exercising the Freedom of Edinburgh granted to them two years ago in their 10th anniversary parade down the Royal Mile.

Picture: Jon Savage

Picture: Jon Savage

Their mascot, Shetland pony Cruachan IV, was dressed in the regimental colours and headed the parade from Edinburgh Castle to the City Chambers for inspection by Deputy Lord Provost Steve Cardownie. The parade then continued to Canongate Kirk for a thanksgiving and remembrance service.

At the castle, a new exhibition, Life Support: Stories from the Royal Regiment of Scotland, which marks the regiment’s first decade of operations, has opened.

The Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland along with the Pipes & Drums of The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, gave their first public performance of the specially composed ten-year anniversary tune Decennial.

When the regiment formed there was a backlash as the names of famous regiments such as the Royal Scots and the Kings Own Scottish Borderers disappeared and others, such as the Black Watch, were reformed as part of the new set-up. The regiment’s senior officer, Major General (Ret’d) James Cowan, said: “Since the regiment was formed in 2006 our soldiers have deployed almost continuously on operations around the world, so the regiment is now building its own proud history as we head into the future.

“The service in the Canongate Kirk provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our first ten years and commemorate those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.”

Councillor Cardownie said: “It is a true honour to welcome The Royal Regiment of Scotland to the City Chambers. This parade is a fitting demonstration of Edinburgh’s steadfast support for the brave men and women who continue to put their lives at risk in service of this country.”

He added: “Of course, as we celebrate the last decade, we will also remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

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