North east Fife played host to Her Majesty The Queen yesterday when she visited Leuchars Station to meet with serving soldiers and families of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (SCOTS DG), as well as members of the wider Leuchars community.
The Queen, who is Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment, talked to soldiers and families about their work and activities, inspected the regimental drum horse ‘Talavera’ and listened to the regiment’s world famous Pipes and Drums.
Children from Leuchars Primary school were also invited into the barracks as Her Majesty ended her visit by unveiling a new stone cairn to name the Eastern side of the camp ‘Waterloo Lines’.
Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Cattermole MBE said:“On behalf of the SCOTS DG, it was an honour to be visited by our Colonel in Chief in our new home, Leuchars Station.
“Her Majesty took great interest in the work the regiment is doing both here in the UK, supporting UK resilience and overseas on numerous training missions.”
The Commanding Officer also expressed his thanks to the local community, who attended the visit: “It is a privilege to command this Regiment. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to lead such a professional group of soldiers as we establish ourselves in our new role as Light Cavalry in Scotland and prepare to build on our proud history.
“Change is never easy, but the one thing that has remained constant is the support given to us by the local community of Fife.
“The Regiment now looks forward to contributing to community life in Scotland while continuing to support operations around the globe in our new Light Reconnaissance role and integrating with our partnered Reserve Unit, The Scottish and Northern Irish Yeomanry.”
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards relocated from Fallingbostel in Germany during the spring and summer.
This will be the first time the Regiment has been based in Scotland for more than 40 years.
The move is part of the Army’s restructuring, which will see more than 5000 British Army personnel plus their families - totalling some 10,000 people - return from Germany to various UK locations this year and return all troops from Germany by 2020.
The Army took control of the former Royal Air Force base in Leuchars on April 1. The base is now home to around 1800 Tri-service personnel.