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HRH The Duke of Kent congratulates soldiers in Aldershot

Duke of Kent visits Aldershot

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 4:38pm 1st December 2015. (Updated at 3:55pm 3rd December 2015)

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent visited 1st Battalion Scots Guards at Mons Barracks in Aldershot today.

It was his first visit to the Regiment's new home. They relocated to Aldershot in the summer.

He was there to present a number of medals to soldiers.

Commanding Officer (CO), Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Kitching and Adjutant, Captain Ogilvy welcomed the Duke who attended in his capacity of Regimental Colonel, a post he has held for almost 40 years.

Officers first had their traditional clan dress inspected by the Duke, then he made his presentations.

One of those recognised was Lance Corporal Jessica Nassiwa for her contribution in fighting the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone on Op GRITROCK.

The Duke handed her an Op GRITROCK medal for her deployment with 4 & 5 Medical Regiments where she trained people to treat the sick.

Jessica said: “It was a very proud moment to receive my Op GRITROCK medal from HRH The Duke of Kent.

"Op GRITROCK was my first deployment, I have only been with the Battalion a short while. We spoke about my role on Sierra Leone and he congratulated me – I am very happy.”

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Other medals handed out by the Duke were an Accumulated Service medal, 7 Long Service and Good Conduct medals.

Following a medals parade, the Battalion celebrated their Patron Saint, St Andrew and took part in “highland games”.

Renowned Pipes and Drums of the Regiment were at hand to ensure the authenticity of the day.

CO Lt Col Kitching said: “It has been an honour today to welcome our Regimental Colonel to our new home here in Aldershot.

"A visit by our Regimental Colonel is always a special occasion and today particularly for those who received medals.

"Personnel take huge pride in their heritage and for our Regimental Colonel to be here today as we also celebrate St Andrew’s Day has certainly made it all the more poignant.”

Alongside Op GRITROCK, this year the Battalion have had training exercises in Texas with the American Army and this month sees B Company deploy to Denmark to work alongside the Danish Army on one of the Danish Army’s biggest exercises.

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