Ex-Sergeant Kelly Holmes promoted to Colonel

Dame Kelly Holmes speaking to troops of The Royal Armoured Corps Training Regiment Credit: ITV Meridan

Dame Kelly Holmes has been in Dorset where she was appointed as Honorary Colonel of The Royal Corps Training Regiment (RACTR).

Her Majesty the Queen granted the honorary appointment earlier this year. The former athlete served the British Army for 10 years before becoming a double olympic champion.

A parade was held at the Regiment's home in Bovington to mark the occasion. 250 recruits from the RACTR attended the day along with the Secretary of State for Defence, The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP and the Deputy Commandant Royal Armoured Corps, Brigadier Angus Watson MBE.

Dame Kelly Holmes joined the British Army at the age of 18, reaching the rank of sergeant.