The 1st Battalion The Welch Regiment amalgamated with The 1st Battalion The South Wales Borderers to form the 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Wales 24th/41st on 11 June in Cardiff Castle. The newly appointed Colonel-in-Chief, HRH The Prince of Wales, presented new Colours to the Regiment and the traditions of both Regiments were handed to the Royal Regiment of Wales. Later that year in Caernarvon Castle The Prince of Wales wore the uniform of the Regiment at his Investiture.
And so the curtain was brought down on a gallant Welsh Regiment that had served its country faithfully and with distinction since 1719; although its history and exploits will live on forever in the annals of this Nation's military past.
WELSH GUARDS (1ST BATTALION THE PRINCE OF WALES)
3RD BATTALION (THE ROYAL WELSH)
1ST BATTALION (THE ROYAL WELSH)
1ST THE QUEENS DRAGOON GUARDS
The year 1962 was significant in that it saw the end of National Service and the last National Servicemen left the Battalion in Berlin. This moment was recorded in the Regimental Journal 'The Men of Harlech' in the following words 'For the first time for almost 25 years we are an all-Regular Battalion'. This valedictory was less than generous to the men who had served, fought and died in the Regiment and all those involved could be mightily proud of the time they served in the Regiment and the often arduous duties they performed for Queen and Country in that time.
Our videos show four of the regiments battalions on their home-coming parades through the streets of Swansea City.