Royals to Attend Biennial Rifles Awards Dinner

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The Duchess of Cornwall speaking with Riflemen, who are currently undertaking further training, at Beachley Barracks, Chepstow, during her first visit to the 1st Battalion, The Rifles, since becoming their Colonel-in-Chief in July.

THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL AND MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY WILL ATTEND THE BIENNIAL RIFLES AWARDS DINNER AT THE CITY OF LONDON GUILDHALL 

Wednesday, 24th November 2021 

The Duchess of Cornwall, as Colonel-in-Chief, and The Royal Colonels, The Countess of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, The Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra, will attend the biennial Rifles Awards Dinner at the City of London Guildhall.

The Duchess of Cornwall and members of the Royal Family will be greeted by the Colonel Commandant, General Sir Patrick Sanders, and the Commanding Officers of Their Royal Highnesses’ respective Battalions. 

Their Royal Highnesses will join members, veterans and specially invited guests for a reception in the Print Room. 

In the Great Hall, The Colonel Commandant will give a short welcoming address and The Duchess of Cornwall will say a few words. 

Bugle Major Lewis will conduct a short display with the Band of Bugles before dinner is served. 

Since The Duchess’s appointment as Colonel-in-Chief last year, Her Royal has visited all five regular battalions and plans to visit the remaining three reserve battalions soon. 

Last month, The Duchess of Cornwall, met Riflemen and their families and presented a number of service medals during a visit to 3rd Battalion The Rifles in Edinburgh. 

The role of Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles transferred from The Duke of Edinburgh to The Duchess of Cornwall in July 2020. A short ceremony at Windsor Castle and Highgrove House marked the occasion. 

The Duke of Edinburgh was Colonel-in-Chief since its formation in 2007 and had been connected to successive Regiments, which now make up The Rifles, since 1953. 

The Duchess of Cornwall is also Royal Colonel of 4th Battalion The Rifles having taken up the position in 2007. 

The Royal Colonels 

The Royal Colonels in attendance include: 

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles and Royal Colonel of 4th Battalion The Rifles 

HRH The Countess of Wessex as Royal Colonel of 5th Battalion The Rifles 

HRH The Duke Gloucester as Royal Colonel of 6th Battalion The Rifles 

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester as Royal Colonel of 7th Battalion The Rifles 

HRH The Duke of Kent as Royal Colonel of 1st Battalion The Rifles 

HRH Princess Alexandra as Royal Colonel of 3rd Battalion The Rifles