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A number of the Colours at the Cathedral were recently taken down for repair in an attempt to preserve their natural life as long as possible out of respect for the sacrifice and service to country that they represent. The photographs demonstrate some of the stages in this painstaking process of repair and renovation. These Colours were presented by HRH The Prince of Wales KG as Colonel-in-Chief, at Cardiff Castle on 29th July 1989. The occasion was the Tercentenary Parade to commemorate the Raising of Dering’s Regiment of Foot in 1689. They replace those presented at Cardiff Castle on 11th June 1969.
On the Pike of The Queen’s Colour is a silver replica of the Wreath of Immortelles presented by HM Queen Victoria on 28th July 1880 to mark the gallant conduct of Lieutenants Melvill and Coghill who lost their lives in attempting to save the Queen’s Colour 1/24th after the disaster at Isandlwana and the noble action of B Company 2/24th at Rorke’s Drift during the Anglo-Zulu war in 1879.
These Colours have been carried in Hong Kong, UK, Northern Ireland, Germany, Kosovo and Iraq.
This week the church of God remembers with thanksgiving that in His love for us, Jesus Christ took to himself the pain and loss of our world, experiencing both the joy and desolation of the human experience. As we hold before God the brokenness of our world, and this week particularly the tragedy that has unfolded in Brussels; let us pray for peace and the renewal of our hope in God’s gracious gift of life for all.
Almighty God, as we stand at the foot of the cross of your Son, help us to see and know your love for us, so that in humility, love and thanksgiving, we may place at his feet all that we have and all that we are; we ask this through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.