Royal Regiment Of Scotland Marks 10th Birthday

28 March 2016, 06:29 | Updated: 28 March 2016, 06:31

The Royal Regiment of Scotland has revealed plans to mark a decade since it was formed.

The Regiment, which comprises six battalions and one independent company of combat infantry soldiers following a restructure, turns 10 today, but the milestone will be celebrated in Edinburgh next month.

A new exhibition, organised with National Museums Scotland, marking its first decade of operations will be officially opened in the National War Museum in Edinburgh Castle and a thanksgiving service will be held at the Canongate Kirk.

The Regiment will also exercise the freedom of the city, with a parade down the Royal Mile on April 22.

Major General (Ret'd) James Cowan, the Regiment's senior officer, said: "Since the Regiment was formed in 2006 our soldiers have deployed almost continuously on operations around the world, so the Regiment is now building its own proud history as we head into the future.

"Over the course of hundreds of years Scottish infantrymen have fought with courage.

"That has not changed. If you look at the stories behind the many combat honours for bravery under fire that Royal Regiment of Scotland soldiers have been awarded over the past decade, including 13 Military Crosses and one Queen's Gallantry Medal, it is very humbling.''

The Regiment is founded on the heritage of 14 historic Scottish Infantry Regiments.