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Soldiers from the Irish Guards tasked to locations in London after terror threat

By David Young

Soldiers from the Irish Guards are protecting some of the nation's most vital institutions as part of Operation Temperer.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, Captain Jimmy Parke from Larne said an Irish Guards battalion numbering around 450 men was tasked with protecting key locations in London and Windsor in the wake of this week's terrorist atrocity in Manchester.

For security reasons, Captain Parke could say little about the high-security anti-terrorist deployment, but there was pride in his voice as he confirmed the Irish Guards' role in defending some of the UK's best known institutions in the face of the extremist terror threat.

The threat level was raised to 'critical' following the suicide bombing in Manchester earlier this week.

The Irish Guards have been deployed from their barracks in Hounslow to guard key locations in London and in Windsor.

But despite the threat and their deployment onto the streets of the capital, Captain Parke said the Irish Guards would still deliver a perfect ceremony at Buckingham Palace next month.

"We are all 100% definitely on for June 17," he said.

"It's our aim in life to produce an immaculate Trooping of the Colour for Her Majesty the Queen."

As well as Trooping the Colour, the Irish Guards will be paying a visit to Northern Ireland next month - and will be bringing their magnificent mascot, Irish wolfhound Domnhall - with them.

A marching detachment led by the drums and pipes of the Irish Guards will be in Bangor for Armed Forces Day on the June 24, Captain Parke revealed.

"Our regimental mascot will also be with us as we say thanks to the people of Northern Ireland for supporting us."

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