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Vittorio Veneto Centenary Parade

HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, Royal Honorary Colonel

Members of the HAC attended a parade in Vittorio Veneto, Italy to commemorate the victorious Great War battle which took place 100 years ago. This battle was one of the most significant that the HAC took part in, was the last significant event for Italy during the war and was followed shortly by the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

To mark the centenary of this battle, the Mayor of Vittorio Veneto invited members of the Regiment and of the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers to join the parade alongside members of the Italian army. Also present at the parade were the Royal Honorary Colonel of the HAC, Prince Michael of Kent, the Colonel Commandant, General Sir Richard Barrons, and the British Ambassador to Italy, Jill Morris.

The parade drew enthusiastic support from the local populace and General Barrons described the close ties and values that Britain and Italy held a century ago and that still bind us today.

The parade in Vittorio Veneto was just one many events taking place across the weekend involving members of the HAC. The Regiment also unveiled a plaque at the memorial to the 7th Division, held an act of remembrance at Tezze British War Cemetery and conducted a service in the main square of the town. Further afield, 14 members of the Regiment had the honour of leading the Italian National Parade in Trieste.

These commemorative events formed part of the larger centenary marking 100 years since the end of the Great War.