His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales began his 15th summer tour of Wales with a visit to Llandaff Cathedral yesterday. The prince attended a service which marked the dedication of a memorial and the laying up of a standard of 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, of which he is Colonel-in-chief.
The service included the laying of a wreath and prayers for those who fell during the first Iraq war.
The laying up of the standard marked the 60th anniversary of the regiment, and will be kept at the Cathedral as its permanent home.
Regimental standards are considered to be a sacred part of those who fell, and will remain hanging for all time in the Cathedral. When they deteriorate with age the pieces are buried as if we are burying the dead. It’s a solemn and significant moment for any regiment when their standards are laid up.
The memorial service was led by Archbishop of Wales, John Davies.
All are welcome to visit the Cathedral to view the standard. Plan your day out by vising the Llandaff Cathedral website.