50 Years of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
British Army’s Fusiliers Celebrate 50th Anniversary with London Parade
The British Army’s Royal Regiment of Fusiliers exercised their right to march through the Square Mile as one of the City of London’s Privileged Regiments to celebrate their 50th anniversary on August 5. These privileges allow the Regiment to exercise its right to march through the City of London with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed in a parade from the Tower of London to the Guildhall.
More than 500 serving and retired personnel took part in the parade with support from the Regiment’s affiliated regiments in Canada (The Royal Canadian Regiment, The Lorne Scots and the Royal Westminster Regiment) and from Australia (Pipes and Drums of the Royal Victoria Regiment).
The parade was led by the Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Lamb MC and was made up of contingents from the First and Fifth Fusiliers, Fusilier Army Cadets, Regimental Association members and detachments from HMS Diamond and 13 Squadron RAF who are also affiliated to the Fusiliers.
The parade formed up within HM Tower of London, the Regimental Headquarters of the Fusiliers. It left the Tower of London, the soldiers marching to the City Boundary where they were challenged by the City Marshal on horseback. The parade then took a route through the streets of London before coming to a halt at the Guildhall where His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent and Colonel-In-Chief of the Fusiliers was waiting on the dais to receive the troops, along with the Right Honourable, Lord Mayor of London Charles Bowman and the Colonel of the Regiment, Major General Paul Nanson CBE. Following a full inspection on Guildhall Square the Fusiliers and their guests were treated to a reception in the Guildhall.
Colonel (Retd) James Denny, Regimental Secretary for The Fusiliers said “The Privilege Parade on the 5th September is a great event for all the Fusilier family and we are delighted that so many of our affiliated regiments from around the world are able to join us on this special day. It is a great honour to be allowed to parade through the City of London in this, our 50th anniversary year, so a huge thank you to all the officials for enabling this momentous occasion to take place. Thank you also to our Colonel-in-Chief, His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent for his continued support throughout the years and we all look forward to what lies ahead for the Regiment in years to come.”
Charles Bowman, The Lord Mayor of London said: “I’m delighted to help the Fusiliers celebrate their 50th anniversary as they exercise their right to parade through the Square Mile. The City of London Corporation has always had a close relationship with the military, and I look forward to this continuing for many years to come.”
The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, known as ‘The Fusiliers’, is an English infantry Regiment in the British Army, formed from four historic Fusilier Regiments in 1968. Since then, the Fusiliers have seen service across the world in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the Balkans, the 1st and 2nd Gulf Wars and Afghanistan. The Regiment has two battalions – First Fusiliers in Tidworth and Fifth Fusiliers in Newcastle – and both adapt readily to challenging scenarios.
Image: The British Army’s Royal Regiment of Fusiliers celebrated 50 years with Privilege Parade through the streets of London; the Colonel-in-Chief His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent salutes the Fusiliers by Sgt Paul Randall RLC (Crown Copyright, 2018).