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Trew grit to the last ..the King's Own.

Byline: By MARK SMITH

TIME marches on... but the King's Own Scottish Borderers were still in their customary trews yesterday when they paraded in the grounds of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The Edinburgh ceremony to mark their forthcoming official amalgamation into the Ist Battlion, Royal Regiment of Scotland with the world's oldest regiment, the Royal Scots, on August 1 brought an end to 327 years of their individual history.

The kilt will now become the ceremonial dress for the combined Lowland troops, who have never before worn it because it was the traditional garb of Highland regiments.

But despite continued opposition to the new "super force" by past and serving soldiers alike, Maj Gen Euan Loudon, General Officer of the Army in Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle, insisted: "While this new regiment will take time to establish its personality, those of us who have experienced change before know it will do so with rightly-placed confidence."

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WALK ON: The KOSB in Edinburgh on their last parade yesterday' FINAL FAREWELL: Flying the flag
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 24, 2006
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