Skip to comments.Part time soldiers honoured at Birkhall
Posted on 10/20/2012 11:59:50 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa
Part-time soldiers who have been on active duty in Afghanistan were presented with medals by the Duke of Rothesay at his home on the Balmoral estate,
Prince Charles presented six Afghanistan campaign medals and one long service medal as the Territorial Army mens proud families looked on.
Afghanistan honours were presented to Major Kevin Wood, Corporal Iain McKinnon and Privates Chris Chambers, Benjamin Mellish, Andy Scott and Declan Taylor.
Colour Sergeant Gary Buchanan was given the Long Service and Good Conduct medal for his fifteen years service to the Army.
Damp weather didnt deter the spectators enthusiasm as the ceremony proceeded with the pipes and drums of the Seventh Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland echoing as they marched smartly to the Princes home at Birkhall.
Scotland the Brave sounded out as the men from the 51st Highland, 7th Battalion (7 Scots) of the Royal Regiment of Scotland awaited the Prince, who is also royal colonel of 7 Scots.
Drum Major Cameron Goodall then brought the band to a halt and took the Royal Salute from the Prince before marching off down the curving road away from the baronial mansion.
The Duke, wearing the regimental tartan kilt with a tweed kilt jacket and brown leather sporran then began the medal presentation.
The drizzle increased and nearby mountains were blotted out by mist as the Prince took each medal off the pillow held by Regimental Sergeant Scott West and pinned them onto the soldiers.
He spent several minutes chatting with each man with jokes seemingly shared by both sides.
The Prince smiled as he presented the honours to the men who spent six months in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on active duty last year.
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