Royal Salute For Bermuda Regiment Soldiers

October 20, 2014

The Bermuda Regiment’s Royal Patron has sent a personal message of thanks for its response to a double hit by major storms.

HRH the Duchess of Gloucester, the Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment, wrote to CO Lt Col Michael Foster-Brown to thank the Island’s soldiers for their hard work after Bermuda was hit by Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gonazalo in quick succession.

She said, “I have followed the progress of Hurricane Gonzalo with concern and am very relieved that the results weren’t more serious.

“I am very much aware that the Regiment has done a superb job in getting Bermuda back to normal business so quickly and that very many of its personnel have now been working on clearing up, from Gonzalo and from Tropical Storm Fay, for what is now a long time.

The Duchess added: “I am conscious that personnel have been doing this work for the wider community when the demands of clearing up and repairing their own family homes will often have been on their minds.

“The Regiment’s contribution to getting the airport open so quickly has clearly been particularly important.

And she told the Island’s soldiers: “You have obviously worked very effectively with not only your counterparts from other Bermuda organisations but also with the shore parties from HMS Argyll.

“I would like to pass on my thanks and congratulations on the Regiment’s good work and great effort.”

Col Foster-Brown said: “We’re very grateful for her concern and good wishes for the Regiment and Island as a whole.

“We also conscious that our mission is not complete and there is much work yet to be done.”

The Duchess has been Royal patron and Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment since 2006, replacing the late HRH The Princess Margaret.

The Duchess personally visited the Regiment on overseas camp in the UK in 2007.

For all our coverage of Tropical Storm Fay click here, for all our coverage of Hurricane Gonzalo click here, and for our live blog covering both Gonzalo and Fay click here.

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