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Cavalry troops parade in Glasgow

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards are usually based in Germany

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards have marched through Glasgow to thank the Scottish people for their support during tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

It was their first parade in the city since the Royal Scots Greys, their antecedent regiment, left for the South African War in 1899.

There was also a display of armoured vehicles in the city's George Square.

Scotland's only cavalry regiment is back in Scotland for the Year of Homecoming.

The regiment, which is normally based in Fallingbostel in Germany, is carrying out royal guard duties on its first return to Scotland in eight years.

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards was formed in 1971 from the Royal Scots Greys and the 3rd Carabiniers. The regimental headquarters and museum are still at Edinburgh Castle.

Pipes and drums

Its soldiers have been deployed on all major operations, including the Gulf war, Bosnia and Kosovo.

It was the first regiment in the British army to use the Challenger 2 battle tank and the first to fire its guns against the enemy in Iraq in 2003.

About 150 soldiers paraded through the city along with the Brit Award-winning pipes and drums.

Special guests of the regiment included Glasgow's deputy lord provost and Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy.



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