Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 27, 2013 13:30 ET

3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Presented a new Regimental Colour by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 27, 2013) - His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, presented a new Regimental Colour to the 3rd Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment today at Queen's Park.

"The 3rd Battalion is incredibly proud to have received our new Regimental Colour from our Colonel-in-Chief," said Lieutenant-Colonel David Quick, Commanding Officer of 3rd Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment. "Whether performing precision drill, conducting foot patrols, or executing a parachute insertion, the soldiers of 3rd Battalion are always up to the task. We are honoured to showcase our modern soldiers and some of the capabilities that our unit brings to the Canadian Army."

Regimental Colours are a kind of ceremonial flag that lists a regiment's victories. Historically the Colour provided a rallying point for troops on the battlefield, and today it reminds soldiers of their unit's history and those who have served before them. It is the most prized possession of every infantry unit.

His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, has been the Colonel-in-Chief of The Royal Canadian Regiment since December 1953. The Colonel-in-Chief will occasionally visit the regiment's operational battalions, especially for significant ceremonial events, such as the presentation of new Colours. The chief purpose of the Colonel-in-Chief of a regiment is to act as a direct link between that regiment and the Royal Family. The Regiment maintains a close connection with His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh through regular official correspondence.

The Royal Canadian Regiment has a strong historical connection to Toronto, dating back to 1883 until the Second World War, when companies were stationed in and made up of members from Toronto.

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