Royal visitor for Bulford troops

Sophie Visit 5 Rifles Bulford Nov 2017 6 (Ellie Harries)

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:37am 14th November 2017. (Updated at 6:47am 15th November 2017)

The Countess of Wessex is welcoming 5 Rifles home after a 9 month tour to Estonia.

Bulford based troops are getting get a royal welcome today (Tuesday November 14th).

The Countess of Wessex is attending a special homecoming parade at Ward Barracks for 5 Rifles.

The battalion has spent nine months in Estonia on NATO duties to defend the Baltic state from any sign of Russian aggression.

Prince Edward's wife, who is the Royal Colonel of 5 Rifles, will be joined by the Mayor of Salisbury, Councillor John Lindley for the celebratory parade.

Sophie Visit 5 Rifles Bulford Nov 2017 2 (Ellie Harries)

It's the second visit to Bulford by the Countess of Wessex this year, in January she came to see how the troops were settling into the Wiltshire town after relocating from Germany.

The parade's begun with troops marching onto the square: 

The Countess has given a speech to the troops and their families gathered: 

Sophie Visit 5 Rifles Bulford Nov 2017 1 (Ellie Harries)

She's been meeting with the families of the troops too:

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