Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

November 03, 2009 14:25 ET

Media Advisory: Prince of Wales to Present New Colours to Local Army Regiments

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2009) - The Royal Regiment of Canada and the Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother's Own) will receive new Colours from His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, the Colonel-in-Chief of both Regiments during a ceremony at Varsity Stadium on 5 November beginning at 5 p.m.

"Having this presentation at Varsity Stadium has historical significance since it was the site of the 1965 Presentation of Colours to the Toronto Scottish Regiment by the late Queen Mother," said Lieutenant-Colonel Cliff Trollope, Commanding Officer of the Royal Regiment of Canada. "I'll be leading a parade of some of the most diverse, motivated and engaged soldiers in the country and for that I am proud."

The Deputy Commander of the parade will be the Commanding Officer of the Toronto Scottish Regiment, Lieutenant-Colonel Justin Neil, who is looking forward to both the formal ceremony and the events that will occur after the formal parade. "Not only will we receive new Colours through this important and formal tradition, but we will also have a chance to honour our men and women who have been injured while on duty. Those wounded warriors will have the opportunity to meet with Prince Charles after the ceremony," he said.

Historically, Regimental Colours, when carried into battle, served two practical purposes - identification and place of concentration. A commander observing a battle could see where all of his units were located by looking for the Colours, while soldiers of a unit would use the Colours as a rallying point.

Both the Royal Regiment of Canada and the Toronto Scottish Regiment have historic ties to Toronto. The Royal Regiment can trace its roots back as far as 1862 when local volunteers formed a battalion in anticipation of the American invasion following the American Civil War. The Toronto Scottish Regiment traces its origins to the 75th (Mississauga) Battalion, which served as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.

Soldiers of both units served in a variety of overseas missions including Golan Heights, Cyprus, Croatia and Afghanistan. Both units have provided assistance domestically during the Winnipeg flood of 1997, the Ice Storm of 1998 and the snowstorm that crippled Toronto in January 1999. In addition, members of both Regiments participated in sovereignty operations conducted in Canada's northern territories.

Information about the Royal Visit to Canada can be found on http://www.royalvisit.gc.ca

The entrance gate at the north side of Varsity Stadium will be open to accredited media at 3 p.m.

Contact Information

  • For more information, including interview opportunities
    with members participating in the Presentation of Colours
    Captain Julie Misquitta
    32 Canadian Brigade Group Public Affairs
    416-633-6200 ext 2845 or 647-229-2546