Freedom of the city march
A warm welcome
Crowds lined the streets today as soldiers from The 2nd Battalion The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, who have just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, marched through the city. The march began at the Peace Statue in Hove and terminated in New Road where the Battalion was formally welcomed by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field, Colonel of the Regiment Brigadier Richard Dennis OBE ADC, and the Mayor of Brighton & Hove Councillor Anne Meadows.
Freedom of the city
The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment has its origins in the Royal Sussex Regiment which was granted Freedom of Brighton in 1944 and Hove in 1958. The Regiment last exercised its right to march through the town in 1995. In 1996 it was granted Freedom of the City of Brighton & Hove.
A civic reception
The Regiment, also known as ‘The Tigers’ presented a gift of a silver tiger to the city. A reciprocal gift of an original piece of art depicting the Royal Pavilion and a tiger was presented by The Mayor. Soldiers and their families were then invited to a civic reception in the Royal Pavilion gardens.