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Camilla makes history: Duchess receives major honour after replacing Prince Philip

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Camilla donned a Rifles green coat dress and a bugle brooch as she carried out the historic engagement. To honour their new Colonel-in-Chief, The Rifles gave the Duchess of Cornwall a special fanfire as she arrived at Beachley Barracks in Chepstow.  

Camilla took over this role on July 22, Prince George’s seventh birthday, from the Duke of Edinburgh. 

Prince Philip, who had been Colonel-in-Chief of this infantry regiment since it was created in 2007, stepped out of Windsor Castle two months ago to officially relinquish in role in favour of his daughter-in-law. 

The Duke, who appeared in excellent health and high spirits, inspected the guard and received the salute of Assistant Colonel Commandant, Major General Tom Copinger-Symes. 

Thanking Prince Philip for his continuous support, he said: “Your Royal Highness, Colonel-in-Chief, good morning. 

“And happy Salamanca Day All Rifleman, whether serving or retired would like to thank you for 67 years of continuous service, support and leadership to the Rifles and to our forming and antecedent regiments.

“And on this occasion, as you hand over your duties as Colonel-in-Chief to her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall, we would like to wish you fair wind and following seas.

“And with that, Sir, may I have your leave for the Bugle Major to sound the Rifle Call and No More Parades.”

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