Prince Philip’s ceremonial military uniform is on display
Prince Philip’s ceremonial military uniform worn at royal events is displayed in an exhibition celebrating his role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles
- The ceremonial military uniform of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Rifles was displayed
- Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, aged 99, was Colonel-in-Chief of the successive regiments that have made up The Rifles since 1953
- The uniform is on display at the Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum in Salisbury
- Photos and artifacts marking his association with the regiment are also on display
The ceremonial uniform worn by Prince Philip as Colonel-in-Chief of the Rifles was displayed as part of an exhibition celebrating his long association with the regiment.
Prince Philip, who died in April 2021, aged 99, was the Colonel-in-Chief of successive regiments that have made up The Rifles since 1953. Today it is the Army’s largest infantry regiment British.
In July 2020, Prince Philip transferred his title to the Duchess of Cornwall in one of his last public appearances before his death.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s uniform is on public display at the Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum in Salisbury, Wiltshire, alongside photographs and other items celebrating his connection to the regiment.
Piece of royal history: The ceremonial uniform of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Rifles was displayed as part of an exhibition celebrating its long association with the regiment
Proud: The Duke of Edinburgh wore the uniform on important occasions, including the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, pictured
On display: The uniform is on display at the Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum in Salisbury, Wiltshire, alongside this painting of Prince Philip in ceremonial uniform
He wore the uniform on important occasions, including the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.
A photo shows Prince Philip opening the museum in 1982. He traveled to the engagement by helicopter.
The Rifles were formed in February 2007, from the merger of four famous infantry regiments – the Devonshire and Dorset Light Infantry; Light infantry; The Royal Gloucestershire, Berkshire and Wiltshire Light Infantry; and the royal green jackets.
Forged during the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, they are today the largest infantry regiment in the British army. Their motto is: “Fast and Bold”.
Simon Cook, a retired regimental officer who organized the display, said: ‘The purpose of a Colonel-in-Chief is to maintain a direct link between a regiment and the Royal Family.
Long-standing ties: The Duke of Edinburgh in uniform outside The Rifles museum
Airplane tour: A photo shows Prince Philip opening the museum in 1982. He traveled to the engagement by helicopter. Pictured is Prince Philip landing the helicopter
Military history: The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum, where the exhibition is held
“In modern usage, the colonel-in-chief of a regiment is its patron. He or she has a ceremonial role in the life of the regiment and visits it regularly.
A museum spokesperson added: ‘The exhibition shows something of the prince’s character.
“Always engaged and interested, he attends parades and other regimental events, meets serving soldiers and their families, has lively discussions with former comrades and participates enthusiastically in all that is happening.
Highlight: The Rifles uniform worn by the Duke of Edinburgh, as seen in the museum
“When appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the Wiltshires in 1953, the regiment sent a signal showing their appreciation to the Queen, which is on display in the display.
“They were right to be delighted, but few would have predicted that he would remain in this role for 67 years.”
The exhibition lasts until the end of November.
Duty: Prince Philip, 99, who retired in 2017, transferred the historic military title of Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles Infantry Regiment to the Duchess of Cornwall in July 2020. The couple took part in a socially distanced ceremony, with Philip in Windsor (pictured) and Camilla in Highgrove
Taking over: A new portrait of the Duchess of Cornwall has been unveiled to commemorate her role as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles. Photo shows Camilla, 72, wearing a Bugle Horn brooch commissioned by The Rifles (pictured)