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Prince Charles unveils Gordon Highlanders memorial

Charles at the Gordon Highlanders memorial
Prince Charles unveils the statue created by sculptor Mark Richards

Prince Charles has officially unveiled Aberdeen's new memorial to the Gordon Highlanders.

The Duke of Rothesay - the famous regiment's last colonel-in-chief - revealed the sculpture of two soldiers at a ceremony at the Castlegate.

He also met retired service personnel who had been invited to the ceremony.

The £125,000 monument has been paid for out of the city's Common Good Fund, and features Gordon Highlanders from different eras.

In 1994, the regiment was amalgamated to become part of the Highlanders.

In a speech at the ceremony, Prince Charles said: "When I was a child in the 1950s some of my earliest memories were of old Gordon Highlanders who had fought their way through the last war, some of them suffering terribly in Japanese prisoner of war camps, and then found their way back to Balmoral.

"These men formed an important part of my upbringing and so you can perhaps imagine what an enormously proud moment it was when Her Majesty appointed me as Colonel-in-Chief of the Gordon Highlanders."

Sculptor Mark Richards, who was been working closely with the Gordon Highlanders to produce the statue, expressed his satisfaction at the result.

He said: "I think it looks absolutely fabulous, better than I could ever have imagined."

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