On 7th September 2014 HRH The Duke of York joined service personnel from the 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s) for a World War One commemorative service in the village of Le Montcel in France. The event marked the centenary of the final lance-on-lance cavalry battle of The Great War. The Duke is the Regiment’s Colonel-in-Chief.
HRH was greeted on arrival in Le Montcel by Military Attache, Colonel Geoff Wright, Sous-Prefete, Madame Evelyne Guyon and Major General James Short, Colonel of the Regiment. The Duke was escorted to the 9th/12th Royal Lancers Medals Parade where he presented Operational Service Medals to the soldiers returning from their tour of duty in Afghanistan. HRH addressed the regiment, commenting: “9th/12th Royal Lancers, it is a great pleasure to be here today to coincide with events that occurred 100 years ago. I, for one, want to thank you for your personal commitment and dedication…and for your service in Afghanistan.”
To mark the centenary, HRH attended a service at the Battlefield Memorial in Le Montcel. The Duke, accompanied by Trooper Jack Crook, 19, laid a wreath in remembrance of the many men and women of the armed services who gave their lives in the First World War.