1915 saw the raising of the Welsh Guards by order of King George V. A few days after the Battalion mounted its first King’s Guard at Buckingham Palace. Later that year they found themselves in France ready to do battle. A century on and celebrating their 100 years the Welsh Guards have once again the honour to parade before the country’s reigning monarch as part of the Queen’s Birthday Parade and Trooping The Colour.
To mark both of these historic occasions BFPS, in partnership with the Welsh Guards, has produced a special commemorative cover.
The cover carries superb past and present images of the Battalion on ceremonial and combat duties. A Welsh regional definitive stamp has been franked by the unique BFPS numbered special handstamp, the centre of which shows a silhouette of a leek, the emblem of the Welsh Guards.
The image of a soldier standing in the poppy fields of Sangin, Helmand in Afghanistan is of Ian Edwards-Jones, then Colour Sergeant 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. He has kindly given us permission to use this photograph.
Included is an A4 insert sheet with information about “Trooping The Colour 2015” and also a brief history of the Welsh Guards. The insert and covers are presented in a cellophane sleeve to create a high quality souvenir to mark the event.