Duke of Gloucester visits Ely Cathedral

THE DUKE of Gloucester joined veterans and serving soldiers to celebrate 100 years of the Territorial Army in Ely on Sunday. More than 100 soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment joined cadets from around the county and veterans from the now-disbanded Ca

THE DUKE of Gloucester joined veterans and serving soldiers to celebrate 100 years of the Territorial Army in Ely on Sunday.

More than 100 soldiers from the Royal Anglian Regiment joined cadets from around the county and veterans from the now-disbanded Cambridgeshire Regiment for a parade round Ely Cathedral. The Duke, who is Colonel in Chief of the Royal Anglians, saluted the march-past.

A service of commemoration was also held inside the cathedral, to celebrate the work of the army and remember those who have given their lives on active service.

The Territorial Army was created in 1908 by the then Secretary of State for War, Richard Haldane, uniting the militia and yeomanry with the previously civilian-run Volunteer Force. The TA used to have separate regiments for volunteers but they are now largely absorbed into existing army units.


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