Wales

Royal Welsh hold St David's Day march in Cardiff

Soldiers from the Royal Welsh have paraded through Cardiff ahead of St David's Day on Tuesday.

Nearly 50 members of the 2nd Battalion took part in the ceremonial guard on Saturday.

Donning formal occasion dress, they were joined by the band and Corps of Drums of the Royal Welsh.

The regiment was formed on St David's Day in 2006 from regular, reserve and cadet infantry battalions.

These came from The Royal Welch Fusiliers and The Royal Regiment of Wales.

Saturday's parade started at 11.30 GMT from the Millennium Plaza and travelled through Wood Street, St Mary Street, Mill Lane and High Street before arriving at Cardiff Castle.

Soldiers followed a marching band and Taffy the regimental goat before conducting a full ceremonial guard outside the castle.

Image caption Nearly 50 members of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Welsh took part

Ahead of the march, Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Didi Wheeler said: "This is a very significant event for us to take part in, marking St David's Day weekend with a ceremonial guard and march to the most iconic building in Cardiff.

"We want as many people to turn up and enjoy the spectacle.

"Last Saturday the public came out in force to show their support for The Royal Welsh at the Blaenau Gwent freedom parade in Ebbw Vale and it's always a proud moment for the soldiers to experience welcomes like that."

Cpl Shane Davies from Newbridge is a section commander in C Company.

He said: "We always get a positive response on these parades, it's always warm and heartfelt and we get big cheers for what we do away on operations.

"It's what the boys need when they come back. To get some positive feedback from the public and it's reassuring."

On Friday more than 100 soldiers from the regiment's B Company returned home from Helmand Province.

2nd Battalion has deployed companies to Afghanistan since 2009.

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