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 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 Credit: MoD