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Helmand brigade parades through Westminster

Members of 1st Mechanized Brigade paraded through London to the Palace of Westminster yesterday to mark their return from Afghanistan.

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Soldiers from 1st Mechanized Brigade entering the Palace of Westminster [Picture: Corporal Si Longworth RLC, Crown copyright]
Soldiers from 1st Mechanized Brigade entering the Palace of Westminster

The 120 personnel from the brigade, which has its headquarters in Tidworth, had recently returned from Afghanistan’s Helmand province and following the parade attended a reception at the Houses of Parliament.

The brigade has completed a 6-month summer tour under the command of Brigadier Rupert Jones supporting the Afghan National Security Forces in central Helmand.

The parade was led by mounted policemen and the Band of the Life Guards.

The Prime Minister with soldiers from 1st Mechanized Brigade
The Prime Minister hosting soldiers from 1st Mechanized Brigade at the Palace of Westminster [Picture: Corporal Si Longworth RLC, Crown copyright]

The marching contingent from 1st Mechanized Brigade included soldiers from the Household Cavalry Regiment, the Irish Guards, the Second Royal Tank Regiment, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland and 4th Battalion The Rifles.

Other units represented at the parade included 22 Engineer Regiment, 5 Medical Regiment, 1st Regiment Royal Horse Artillery and 215 Signal Squadron.

Published 23 October 2013