The Duke of York visited the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment at Clive Barracks on Tuesday 13th March. His Royal Highness has been Colonel in Chief of the Royal Irish Regiment since 1992 when the Regiment was formed from the amalgamation of the Royal Irish Rangers and the Ulster Defence Regiment.
The Duke of York was received by the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Sir Algernon Heber Percy and the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Matt Lewis. His Royal Highness inspected the Quarter Guard of Rangers and the Regimental Mascot, Conri the Irish Wolfhound before being given an update on the state of the Battalion. The Duke was then taken on a tour of the Foxhound Vehicle and shown how Rangers live and fight from the vehicle.
His Royal Highness met Officers and Soldiers with their families in a reception before presenting Long Service and Good Conduct Medals to Soldiers and Officers who had achieved 15 years of unblemished service.
On departure The Duke spoke of his pride in the Regiment and thanked all ranks for their service and dedication.