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A poignant farewell to the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

There were tears all round in Canterbury today as the Queen said goodbye to the army. She arrived by helicopter at Howe Barracks to inspect the troops.

As Colonel in Chief of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, this was a tour to bid farewell to the Battalion. It's not only leaving Canterbury but also being reduced to a single Company. David Johns has our report.

He spoke to Major Oliver Dobson and Lance Corporal James McCleary from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.


Preparations for Her Majesty

The band warming up Credit: ITV News Meridian

Troops at Howe Barracks in Canterbury are meeting the Queen this lunchtime. The Barracks are currently home to Canterbury's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. They're leaving the city after ten years.

The Battalion's mascot, a Shetland pony Credit: ITV News Meridian
The Queen's car arrives Credit: ITV News Meridian

Queen visits Howe Barracks in Canterbury

Queen Elizabeth II, Colonel-in-Chief, Grenadier Guards, has her photo taken with Guards after inspecting The Queen's Company Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Her Majesty the Queen will Howe Barracks in Canterbury later to visit the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.

The 5th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland is being reduced in size under a reorganisation plan.

The Queen in her capacity as Colonel in Chief will receive the final parade of 5th Battalion at the barracks.