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Ex-Sergeant Kelly Holmes promoted to Colonel

Dame Kelly Holmes speaking to troops of The Royal Armoured Corps Training Regiment Photo: 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.

"I'm very honoured to be given this position. What's great about it is the first ever time that somebody's been put into a regular unit as an honorary colonel so I'm very proud of myself and the opportunity.

"I think it's important that I can lead by example. The army career gave me a lot as a young person - respect, discipline, everything you'd expect from being in the services.

"It also helped me in my career as an international athlete - pushing beyond the barriers, believing you can do anything and being the best you can possibly be.

– Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes