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Battlefield Pilgrimage 2015
Day 3 - Sunday, 19 April 2015

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The first formal stop on the tour was Hyde Park Barracks, also known as the Knightsbridge Barracks, home to the Household Cavalry who graciously permitted the Canadian reservists to rehearse for the afternoon's parade.
CWO E. Kelly, Brigade Sergeant Major of 41 Canadian Brigade Group and parade sergeant major. Behind are musicians from The Calgary Highlanders and The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's).

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Guard from The Calgary Highlanders practices drill at Hyde Park Barracks.

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A brief interruption of drill practice as mounted troops of the Household Cavalry return to barracks.

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Massed Pipes and Drums of The Calgary Highlanders and The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's), drilling at Hyde Park Barracks.

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Guards from The Calgary Highlanders and The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) marched behind their massed Pipes and Drums, down The Mall past Buckingham Palace, and through the Canada Gate into Green Park.

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Flag party and guard from The Calgary Highlanders enter Green Park through the Canada Gate.

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Guards from The Calgary Highlanders and The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) on parade for a ceremonial wreath-laying at the Canada Memorial in Green Park.

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Pipers and drummers of both regiments in position at the Canada Memorial.

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Drum Major L. Moore of The Calgary Highlanders at the head of the massed Pipes and Drums.

The Canada Memorial was erected in Green Park in 1992 as a tribute to Canadian service personnel killed during the First World War and Second World War. The majority of Canadian soldiers and support services that deployed to Europe during the world wars served first in the United Kingdom.

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Awaiting the arrival of the dignitaries are the Canadian military attaché, Canadian Ambassador, and commanding officers and honorary colonels of The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) and The Calgary Highlanders.

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The Reviewing Officer, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvie, inspects soldiers of The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's). Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra was made Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment in 1977. Accompanying Her Royal Highness is the Honorary Colonel of the regiment.

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Following the wreath-laying and inspection, the Massed Pipes and Drums led the guards past Buckingham Palace, and back down The Mall.

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End of the parade on The Mall. All ranks were dismissed to Canada House at Trafalgar Square.

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A Royal reception was held at Canada House; all members of the Tour attended. At far right is former Honorary Colonel Fred Mannix, OC, AOE, CD.

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Prior to joining the reception at Canada House, soldiers of each unit posed for a photo with their respective Colonel-in-Chief. The Colonel-in-Chief of The Calgary Highlanders is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was present and posed for photos with soldiers of The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) and Princess Alexandra sat for a photo with soldiers of The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's).

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Colonel-in-Chief of The Calgary Highlanders, chats with Honorary Colonel Michael Shaw and the commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Kyle Clapperton.

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Sergeant S. Mihalcheon meets Her Majesty. The diamond-studded white gold brooch in the shape of The Calgary Highlanders' regimental cap badge was a gift to the Colonel-in-Chief from the regiment.

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II meets soldiers of her regiment. Corporal Carr is shaking hands with the Colonel-in-Chief while Corporal Vincent looks on. Corporal A. Hardiment is in mufti and at far right Corporal Wilcox waits to meet Her Majesty. At left is Master Corporal N. Blackmore of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, assigned to The Calgary Highlanders as Regimental Support Staff (RSS).

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Following the reception, a dinner was held at the Victory Services Club, where soldiers, veterans and families of The Calgary Highlanders and The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's) dined and commemorated the 100th anniversary of their baptism by fire at Kitcheners Wood in April 1915.

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Also commemorating the 2nd Battle of Ypres, in attendance at the dinner, were representatives from The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment). The green rectangle worn on the uniform is the formation patch of the 4th Canadian Division, to whom regular and reserve units in Ontario belong.

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Captain Pittet leads all assembled in the singing of Glenwhorple.

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