The informality then begins
The Regiment then gives Three Cheers to Her Majesty before marching past
Followed by an Address to the Regiment
Colonels Commandant, Officers and All Ranks of the Royal Tank Regiment:
As your Colonel-
The two remaining Regiments are motivated by the same esprit de corps and professional reputation for which the Royal Tank Regiment has been known throughout its history. I may say that those qualities are clearly evident in each and every one of you on parade today. They are also attributes which are instantly recognisable to your Regimental family, so strongly represented here.
In recent years the Royal Tank Regiment has seen operational service in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. These considerable achievements are a source of enormous pride but, inevitably, do not come without cost. Families and loved ones play an essential part in supporting these operations but also carry a difficult burden. To them, as your Colonel-
I congratulate you all on your distinguished service and for your bearing and smartness on parade today.
My best wishes to you all, and 'Fear Naught'.
Tea with the Queen as the band plays on