WATCH: New Colours presented to 5th Fusiliers at Alnwick Castle

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The Duke of Kent presented new Colours to the 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers at Alnwick Castle today.

The historic occasion, which was staged in the Outer Bailey, was watched by a large crowd. Lord James Percy, who is the Honorary Colonel of the 5th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was in attendance.

The Duke of Kent inspects troops at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman

The Duke of Kent inspects troops at Alnwick Castle. Picture by Jane Coltman

The parade began shortly before 1pm with the arrival of the Battalion, which marched into the castle grounds, led by the Band of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the ceremonial pioneers.

The Royal Salute marked the arrival of the Duke of Kent, who is the Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and was presenting the Colours on behalf of the Queen, before he and other senior officers inspected the parade.

Onlookers witnessed the trooping of the old Colours of the 5th and now-defunct 6th Battalion, before the new Colours were consecrated by the Deputy Chaplain-General the Venerable PA Eagles QHC.

The Colonel-of-the-Regiment Brigadier DJ Paterson OBE addressed the parade. He described the occasion as historic and congratualed those on parade.

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Video by Jane Coltman