Presentation of Colours to The Royal Irish Regiment

Sat, 09/22/2018

CiCh inspectsNew Stands of Colours were presented to the 1st Battalion and the 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment by the Colonel in Chief, HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast on Saturday 22 September 2018.

The Deputy Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier M B Murdoch, as parade commander, ordered a Royal Salute to greet The Colonel in Chief, who was accompanied by the Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier (Retired) J S S O'Sullivan.

ChGenConscFollowing the inspection of the Regiment on parade by the Colonel in Chief (above), the new Queen's Colours and Regimental Colours were consecrated by the Chaplain General (left), Rev Dr David Coulter, before being presented by HRH The Duke of York.

The Colonel in Chief then addressed the Regiment on parade, saying:

CiCh presentsOfficers and men of The Royal Irish Regiment,

It is my very happy duty, and I have been charged by Her Majesty, to present these Stands of Colours in replacement of the Colours that have served so well over the last twenty-five or so years.

This Regiment has a proud and honorable history and I know that current operations are at a high tempo for both Battalions and I know that you rely as much on your families and the strength that they give you as you do the strength of your comradeship amongst each other.

March OffToday, I would just like to wish every single member of this fantastic family Regiment every good fortune as they clear the way for so much that is important not only to Her Majesty but also to the United Kingdom. I wish you every continued success as you go about your various duties and, as I said, I now charge you to protect and follow The Colours as they are intended. Faugh a Ballagh!'

The Colours and the Regiment then marched past the Colonel in Chief and off parade to serve with our two battalions.

(You are invited to inspect the detail of our Colours by clicking on the images below. To learn more about what you see on our Colours and why Colours are important to us, please click on The Colours of The Royal Irish Regiment)

(Colours’ mages subject to © control through RHQ R IRISH)