Duke of Kent drops into Leuchars

The Duke of Kent, Prince Edward visited the SDG at Leuchars Station on March 24. He chatted to the soldiers and officers about their new role as the light cavarly.

The Duke of Kent, Prince Edward visited the SDG at Leuchars Station on March 24. He chatted to the soldiers and officers about their new role as the light cavarly.

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The royal seal of approval was given to the new home of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards at Leuchars Station on Thursday with a visit by the Duke of Kent.

Prince Edward, who is Deputy Colonel in Chief of the regiment met with officers and soldiers to see them in their new Fife home and learn more about their current role as lead light cavalry.

The Duke of Kent, Prince Edward visited the SDG at Leuchars Station on March 24. He chatted to the soldiers and officers about their new role as the light cavarly.

The Duke of Kent, Prince Edward visited the SDG at Leuchars Station on March 24. He chatted to the soldiers and officers about their new role as the light cavarly.

He was shown the equipment and vehicles currently utilised by the unit and went on to officially open the new corporals’ mess, where the soldiers relax and socialise.

Reserves from the new Cupar-based Scottish and Northern Irish Yeomanry were also present at the visit and were delighted to talk to the Duke.

“It was good to see that His Highness is interested in the work of the Army Reserves,” said Lance Corporal Andrew Nairn, 22. “He asked us about our roles in the regiment and also about what we do in our civilian lives. I used to be a manager at Asda but now work for the reserves full time.”

Soldiers in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards are no stranger to meeting members of the family. Trooper Andrew Burgen from Edinburgh, who was dressed in the traditional bearskin, laughed: “I think I have met about 40-50 percent of the royal family in one year!”

The Duke served with the army for more than 20 years until 1976 and also serves as president of the Lawn Tennis Association.

Lt Col Dominic Coombes, SCOTS DG Commanding Officer, said: “It is very exciting to welcome our Deputy Colonel in Chief HRH to Leuchars for the first time.

“As a retired Regimental Officer he has a wonderfully intimate understanding of the Regiment. It has been great to introduce His Royal Highness to the place in which the serving Regiment is very happily settled and to show him what we have achieved since moving here.

“His opening of the mess is hugely significant as yet another step in cementing our roots in Leuchars and demonstrating our commitment to Fife and the local community. This is our home and we are delighted to be here.”