25 Nov The Rifles Awards Dinner at The Guildhall
HM Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, was a guest at The Rifles awards dinner held at the Guildhall, London. The event was attended by the Duchess of Cornwall, the Countess of Wessex. the Duke of Kent, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
In July 2020, The Duchess of Cornwall took over the role of Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles from her father-in-law, The Duke of Edinburgh during two ceremonies at Highgrove and Windsor Castle.
The Duchess, as the newly appointed Colonel-in-chief paid tribute to her late father-in-law, the Duke of Edinburgh, in her speech. She addressed the room saying: ‘Your Royal Highnesses, Your Excellencies, Riflemen, ladies and gentlemen, it is a huge pleasure to join you all this evening, for the first time as your proud Colonel-in-chief.’ Before going on to add: ‘It is always a daunting task to take over from a former Colonel-in-chief, but in my case, to step into the boots of my much-missed, late father-in-law, The Duke of Edinburgh, is quite frankly terrifying! I know it was a role that he cherished and of which he was immensely proud, and it is one of the greatest honours of my life to have followed him into this illustrious role.’
The Rifles were formed in February 2007, following the merger of four celebrated infantry Regiments – The Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry; The Light Infantry; The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry; and The Royal Green Jackets.