The Yorkshire Regiment is due to hold an Exchange of Colours parade in Wiltshire, today, as it reorganises as part of Army 2020.
The 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (3 YORKS) in Warminster will renumber to become The 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (1 YORKS). The 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS) will remain in Cyprus. These changes were announced by the Secretary of State for Defence in March this year.
The Honorary Colours, awarded to 76th of Foot for service in India, and held by the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment - the antecedent Regiment to the Yorkshire Regiment - will be shared between the two new battalions of the Yorkshire Regiment on an annual rotation.
The Army 2020 future force structure positions the Yorkshire Regiment at the heart of the Army’s capabilities, with 1 YORKS based in Warminster on the edge of Salisbury Plain on a high-readiness rotation to react to any future conflict. It will be equipped with the battle-proven Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle, which is the beneficiary of a £1 billion upgrade over the next 10 years. 2 YORKS is based in Cyprus as a high-readiness light infantry contingent force for the region, and is due to come back to its Yorkshire heartland in 2015.
His Royal Highness Prince Andrew the Duke of York Colonel-in-Chief of The Yorkshire Regiment will oversee the parade and Brigadier His Grace the Duke of Wellington will be in attendance.