Beating Retreat by the Irish Regiments.

Monday, 8 June, 1981
Irish Regiments Beat Retreat on Horse Guards Parade.
Lieutenant M J Kelly and Lieutenant A Lane with the Colours of the 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Rangers.

On 8 June 1981, the Bands, Bugles, Pipes and Drums of the Irish Regiments Beat Retreat on Horse Guards Parade in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Representatives of all the Irish regiments that remained in the British Army were assembled to take part in the traditional ceremony of Beating Retreat. The Guidons and Colours on parade commemorated past battles and glories. The 370 Battle Honours represented were evidence of the indomitable spirit of the Irish Soldier.

The following units were represented on parade:

5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards
The Queens Royal Irish Hussars
The Irish Guards
The Royal Irish Rangers (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th)
D (North Irish Horse) Squadron, The Royal Yeomanry
152 (Ulster) Ambulance Regiment The Royal Corps of Transport Volunteers
The Ulster Defence Regiment