Royals Go Walkabout With The Troops at Armed Forces Day - Edinburgh
HRH Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prime Minister David Cameron, and First Minister Alex Salmond, took part in a “Drumhead” service, and went on a walkabout after the national Armed Forces Day parade. United Kingdom, 25th June 2011
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall went walkabout in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park , chatting to service personnel, families, and friends after the Armed Forces Day parade of 2,500 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and veterans.
Known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay when in Scotland, Prince Charles had earlier taken the salute at the parade from a dais in front of the Scottish Parliament, as the Duchess looked on. And together with Prime Minister David Cameron, First Minister Alex Salmond, civic leaders, and senior military figures they also took part in a “Drumhead” service. This reflects a tradition in former times of conducting church services in the field, with a makeshift altar formed of drums placed one on another.
The Prince wore the dress uniform of the Royal Regiment of Scotland - he is Royal Colonel of the 3rd Battalion (Black Watch), and the 7th Battalion (51st Highland).
Edinburgh is the 2011 host for the UK’s national Armed Forces Day event, which aims to provide an opportunity for the country to show support for the men and women of the armed forces. There were also parades and programmes of events in other towns and cities across the UK.
Photos by Ken Jack and Pauline Johnson.