A parade of 150 soldiers led by the regimental band marched through Tunbridge Wells today in celebration of the granting of the Freedom of the Borough to the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment.
Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour that the Council can bestow and was given today to the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment in recognition of its service to the country. The honour entitles the regiment to march through the town with'bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying'. Brigadier Richard Dennis, the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L'Isle and the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells Councillor Ronan Basu then inspected the troups.
The Regiment has a long and distinguished history, earning its first battle honour, the Battle of Tangier, in 1662.
It is the most decorated of all British Army Regiments with 57 Victoria Crosses including the VC awarded to Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry in 2004 for his gallentry in Iraq.