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Princess Anne to visit N.B. for regiment celebration

By News Apr 25, 2023 | 6:00 PM

New Brunswick will be hosting royalty next month in a celebration to mark the 175th anniversary of the 8th Canadian Hussars.

Princess Anne will make stops in Moncton and Sussex from May 18-21 to meet soldiers and veterans.

“The 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s) is Canada’s oldest continuously serving armoured regiment,” says anniversary organizer and Honorary Colonel James Lockyer.

“The Regiment’s 175th anniversary is an amazing milestone and something New Brunswick, from where we draw our recruits, should be extremely proud.”

The Princess Royal has served as Colonel-in-Chief of the storied reserve unit since 1972 and the regiment will also celebrate her 50th year in the role.

She last visited the regiment in 1998 for the 150th anniversary in Moncton.

The celebratory weekend will feature a commemorative concert with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra on May 19 in Moncton and an evening gala in the city on May 20.

Regimental and civic events are scheduled in Sussex on May 21.

Princess Anne will also take part in other events while in New Brunswick.

In her role as Honorary Deputy RCMP Commissioner, Her Royal Highness will lay a wreath at Moncton’s RCMP Memorial dedicated to three fallen officers and will also visit J Division Headquarters in Fredericton.

In addition, the Princess Royal will present Platinum Jubilee medals on behalf of her late mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Her Royal Highness will also be invested with the Canadian Order of Military Merit [Commander] by the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick on behalf of the Governor General.


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