Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Queen amused by barracks scene

The Queen views ordnance during her visit to Howe Barracks in Canterbury
Soldiers from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland offer three cheers for the Queen
The Queen joins The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, for a group photograph in Kent

The Queen could not hide her amusement when she toured the barracks of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and saw an officer - getting ready for bed.

With his Union flag onesie - adult romper suit - and matching duvet and pillow, Lieutenant Alan Garrett looked very much at home in a mock-up of a field camp bedroom.

The Queen came across the officer during a visit to his unit's military base in Canterbury and she smiled as she spotted his additional creatures comforts of a large dram of whisky and a candelabra to set the nocturnal mood.

Major Alan Carmichael, Quartermaster of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland (5 Scots), said: "Like everyone else she likes to see funny things."

He described how they had set up a field camp bedroom for the visit: "We had an officer, he was sitting on his bed - she saw the funny side in that."

The day was tinged with sadness as it was the last time 5 Scots went on parade, because from Saturday its numbers will be reduced to a company following Army restructuring.

Maj Carmichael said: "Today was an extremely proud day. We had a fantastic parade and Her Majesty was moved by our soldiers she met and enjoyed a luncheon with officers and sergeants."

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