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The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards regiment, their band accompanied by a mounted contingent and armoured vehicles paraded down the Royal Mile earlier today.

After His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent took the salute at the City Chambers they proceeded to the Canongate Kirk for a ceremony to lay up their old Regimental Standard after they were presented their new one by Her Majesty the Queen last year.

His Royal Highness is the Deputy Colonel in Chief.

The Lord Provost was accompanied by 16 year-old Army Cadet, Sergeant Major Amy Barbour who hails from Saltcoats. She is a member of the West Lowland Army Cadet Force. She was honoured to be part of the day as she recently won a British Citizen Youth Award. She was presented with a medal at the House of Lords last month.

Amy told The Edinburgh Reporter : “I am a member of a RSDG Army Cadet Force detachment. I have been with them for about four years now. I have had loads of opportunities through that. Just now I am applying to study medicine. I have had quite a rough journey so far but have managed to achieve quite a lot academically and Cadets have recognised me for that achievement. It is really helpful in my applications for university to give me something to stand out with.

“I won the Scottish Inspiration Award in April this year and due to the publicity that I gained from that I was nominated for a British Citizen Youth Award. I collected it at Westminster last month. It was absolutely beautiful. It was an amazing experience. Kimberly Wyatt presented it to me. Now I have initials after my name! I am Amy Barbour BCYA at 16 – how cool is that!”

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