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Regimental colours retired in Edinburgh: The Church of England Newspaper, March 8, 2012 March 8, 2012

Posted by geoconger in Church of England, Church of England Newspaper, Presbyterian/Church of Scotland.
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HRH The Princess Royal accompanied by The Rev Neil Gardiner, Minister of Canongate Kirk following the Laying Up of the old Colours of the 1st Battalion The Royal Scots and the 2nd Battalion 52nd Lowland Volunteers. Photo: Mark Owens/MOD

The Colours of the two historic Scottish regiments were retired last month at an ecumenical service at Edinburgh Castle. On 4 February 2012 HRH The Princess Royal received the regimental colours of the 1st Battalion The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) and the 2nd Battalion 52nd Lowland Volunteers at the Kirk of Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle.  Infantry Battalions carry two colours, the Queen’s Colour, a Union Flag with the regiments First and Second World War Battle Honours emblazoned on its face, and the Regimental Colour which carries the unit’s pre-1914 battle honours.

The present colours were presented by Princess Anne, the Colonel-in-chief of the two regiments in 2003 and in 1985. Following the amalgamation of the regiments the colours will be retired and laid up at the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh.

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.