Queen meets new mascot Llywelyn at St David's Day parade

The Queen has presented leeks to The Royal Welsh regiment to mark St David's Day, which fell earlier this week.

Her Majesty, who is the regiment's Colonel-in-Chief, presented the leeks to cadets, troops and veterans at Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth, Wiltshire.

The leeks, wrapped in red thread and dipped in gold, were pinned on the hats of regimental soldiers.

Dressed in a heather wool tweed coat by Karl Ludwig, the Queen stood on the dais of the parade square and took the royal salute before the National Anthem was played.

Soldiers from The Royal Welsh Regiment on parade. Credit: PA

She inspected the parade while sat in the back passenger seat of a Range Rover and later met two regimental goats, Shenkin and Llywelyn.

The Queen addressed the parade square and said it was a "great pleasure" to celebrate St David's Day with the regiment.

"I am also delighted to be able to present leeks to representatives of the regiment, from cadets to comrades, and to meet the new mascot, Llywelyn," she said.

Children wave flags. Credit: PA

The Royal Welsh is one of the lead armoured infantry battalions of the British Army and was formed on St David's Day, March 1, in 2006.

The Queen has been associated with The Royal Welsh and its former regiments, The Royal Welch Fusiliers and The Royal Regiment of Wales, since her coronation.