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A royal honour for North East soldiers; Prince to visit city and salute Army's work.

Byline: Rob Pattinson

PRINCE Charles will visit the region next month to honour the work of North East soldiers.

Clarence House has confirmed the Prince of Wales will salute 60 soldiers from The Queen's Own Yeomanry at Newcastle's Grey's Monument, in his role as Royal Honorary Colonel of the regiment.

The Territorial Army (TA) troops will exercise their Freedom of the City by marching through the streets to a memorial service at the Church of St Thomas the Martyr, in the Haymarket.

The procession, on Saturday, October 8, will mark the Yeomanry's 40th Anniversary. Army cadets and veterans will march alongside the soldiers, led by 12 CVR (T) Scimitar tanks and music from The Band of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.

The heir to the throne will be joined by honorary freedom of the city recipients the Lord Mayor of Newcastle and the Duke of Westminster.

After the parade, His Royal Highness will meet family and friends of those serving in Afghanistan.

Coun Geoff O'Brien, the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, said: "We are delighted His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will share this special day with us and I am looking forward to welcoming him and the service men and women of the Queen's Own Yeomanry to Newcastle for this important occasion."

Before the parade, the Lord Mayor and Colonel of the Queen's Own Yeomanry, the Duke to Westminster, will inspect the servicemen and women before they set off at 11am. The Commanding Officer of The Queen's Own Yeomanry, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Graham, said: "It is a privilege to be given the Freedom of Newcastle, and a formal salute from our Royal Honorary Colonel, The Prince of Wales.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Sep 29, 2011
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