Duchess of Cornwall attends Salisbury freedom parade

More than 200 Riflemen took part in the parade

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The Duchess of Cornwall joined the 4th and 7th Battalions of the Rifles for a Freedom Parade through Salisbury.

Over 200 Riflemen marched through the city and Her Royal Highness, who is Royal Colonel of the 4th Battalion, took the salute alongside the mayor.

Freedom of the City of Salisbury was granted in October 1944 and bestowed on the Wiltshire Regiment in recognition of their service in World War II.

The Bulford-based Rifles are the successors of The Wiltshire Regiment.

Lt Col Nick Thornton, commanding officer of 4th Battalion The Rifles, said: "It was quite remarkable.

"And very humbling to see the thousands of people who were prepared to take time out of their busy day to stand and line the route while we marched past and show their huge support."

'Pay my respects'

Jenny Brown, from Salisbury, had waited for an hour to see the regiment and the duchess.

She said: "I'm here to pay my respects.

"My son is in the Royal Navy and I just think they're all due all the respect we can give them."

The 4th and 7th Battalions of the Rifles Regiment are the largest infantry regiment in the British Army.

They were accompanied on the Freedom Parade by the Band and Bugles of The Rifles, old comrades from the Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Regiment and members of the Wiltshire Cadet Force.

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