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In pictures: Royal Irish Regiment parade

The Queen attended the parade at Balmoral Showgrounds (pic courtesy Will Craig/Army press office)

The Queen attended the parade which marked the disbandment of the Royal Irish Regiment's home service battalions.

Prince Andrew and the Queen (pic courtesy Will Craig/Army press office)

She was accompanied by the Duke of York, who is the RIR's colonel-in-chief

RIR soldiers on parade at Balmoral Showgrounds in Belfast

Some 300 soldiers drawn from the Royal Irish Regiment's home service battalions paraded at the Balmoral Showgrounds in Belfast.

RIR soldiers on parade at Balmoral Showgrounds in Belfast (pic courtesy Will Craig/Army press office)

The three home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment will be disbanded next July.

Regimental mascot Brian Boru VIII

The parade was led by regimental mascot Brian Boru VIII, an Irish Wolfhound

Conspicuous Gallantry Cross being awarded (pic courtesy Will Craig/Army press office)

The Queen awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross to the regiment in recognition of 36 years' continuous service in Northern Ireland.

Assorted dignitaries, including Ian Paisley (pic courtesy Will Craig/Army press office)

Guests included Secretary of State Peter Hain, Church of Ireland Primate Lord Eames, UUP peer Lord Trimble, Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey and DUP leader Ian Paisley, pictured here






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