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Soldiers given St David's Day leeks

Eight hundred leeks have been presented to soldiers and friends of the Welsh Guards in a St David’s Day ceremony.

Soldiers were given 600 leeks, while 200 were given to friends of the Welsh Guards
Soldiers were given 600 leeks, while 200 were given to friends of the Welsh Guards Credit: MoD

According to ancient legend, King Cadwaladr of Gwynedd ordered his soldiers to identify themselves by wearing the vegetable on their helmets in a sixth-century battle against the Saxons that took place in a leek field.

The ceremony at the Cavalry Barracks in Middlesex dates back to 1916
The ceremony at the Cavalry Barracks in Middlesex dates back to 1916 Credit: MoD

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