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Queen honours 1st Battalion Welsh Guards

The Queen has praised the "family spirit" of the Welsh Guards as she presented new Colours to the regiment in its centenary year.

The regiment celebrated its centenary year with a ceremony at Windsor Castle Credit: PA

The Queen and the Prince of Wales, who is regimental colonel of the unit, honoured more than 300 troops gathered for the ceremony in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

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They were joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and Duchess of Cornwall as the royal family eagerly await news of whether the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour.

Dressed in ceremonial red tunics and bearskins in the castle's quadrangle, it is the eighth time the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards has received new Colours, which are the regimental flags of the British Army.

Queen to honour 1st Battalion Welsh Guards

The regiment is celebrating its centenary year with a ceremony at Windsor Castle. Credit: PA

The Queen will lead senior members of the royal family today as she presents new Colours to the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards celebrating its centenary year.

She will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to honour the regiment during a ceremony at Windsor Castle.

The royal family, who are eagerly waiting news of whether the Duchess of Cambridge has gone into labour, will then attend a garden party at the castle with the regiment's soldiers and their loved ones.

The Queen will be joined at the ceremony by Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Credit: PA

The infantry units of the British army each have two Colours; the Queen's Colour, which is a union flag and symbolises the regiment's loyalty to the Crown, and a regimental Colour which has all the unit's battle honours inscribed on it.

The 1st Battalion Welsh Guards received its first Colours at Buckingham Palace from King George V in 1915. Its seventh and current pair was presented by the Queen at Windsor Castle in May 2006.

Charles has been regimental colonel of the Welsh Guards since 1975.

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Royal couple unveil plaque celebrating anniversary of refinery

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have unveiled a plaque and a painting by a local artist celebrating 50 years of the Valero oil refinery in Pembrokeshire.

The Royal couple were also presented with a model Valero fuel truck as a gift for Prince George.

The painting was unveiled by William and Kate to mark the 50th anniversary of the refinery. Credit: ITV Wales News
The royal couple were presented with a toy truck for Prince George. Credit: ITV Wales News

Pictures: Duke and Duchess in Wales visit

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Pembrokeshire this morning, visiting the Valero oil refinery.

Kate and William will then head to Cardiff to watch Wales play Australia this afternoon.

Prince William meeting local apprentices at Valero. Credit: ITV Wales News
Crowds gathered outside to meet the Royal couple. Credit: ITV Wales News
Kate and William in good spirits during the visit. Credit: ITV Wales News

Crowds gather for Duke and Duchess visit

Crowds are gathering in Pembrokeshire for the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today.

Crowds braved the weather to gather for the Royal visit. Credit: ITV Wales News

The Royal couple will first visit the Valero oil refinery, in what has been a difficult week for the industry in the area.

They'll then travel to Cardiff to watch Wales play Australia at the Millennium Stadium - the first game in this Autumn's international series.

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