Prince Charles drops into Catterick Garrison

Prince Charles at Catterick Garrison today.

Prince Charles made a flying visit to Catterick Garrison today to visit the Royal Dragoon Guards (RDG) in his role as colonel-in-chief of the regiment before the unit moves on to pastures new next month.

During the visit, he presented Major Charles Mackain-Bremner his Long Service Good Conduct medal, Corporals Charley-Ann Acaster and Harriet Ashcroft their Regimental Forage Caps on transfer from the RAMC, Lance Corporal Peter Askew a Regimental Commendation and finally Troopers Elliot Clemson and Raviit Singh their Lance Corporal rank slides on promotion.

Lieutenant Colonel Dom Davey, commanding officer of the RDG, said: “We are extremely honoured that our colonel-in-chief has the opportunity to meet with some of his Dragoons, particularly during this challenging time for us all.

“As a family regiment we have rallied round and supported each other as we prepare for our move south to Warminster.

“Having spent 12 years in North Yorkshire we are sad to leave, but our new home holds so many special opportunities with the impending arrival of AJAX.

“As Yorkshire and Ireland’s Cavalry, the Royal Dragoon Guards will never truly leave North Yorkshire.”

Major Charles Mackain-Bremner, receiving his LSGC medal, said: “Over the last 16 years I’ve had the privilege of serving alongside some extraordinary and brave people in some fascinating places; it has been a lot of fun.

“Receiving this medal today from the colonel-in-chief of the Royal Dragoon Guards is a great honour and a chance to reflect on the highlights of my time in uniform.”

Corporal Charley-Ann Acaster, who will be one of the regiment’s first female JNCOs, said: “Since being attached to the regiment I have been welcomed into the Royal Dragoon Guards family.

“For me transferring opens a fantastic and challenging new career opportunity especially with the upcoming operational deployments and re-role to the new AJAX platform.

“It means a lot to have my regimental forage cap presented to me by the colonel-in-chief.”