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 In order to further assist branches of Veteran Lancers in com- municating need to the wider Regiment, I will be reviewing the role of appointed Presidents to branches with the Colonel of the Regiment and branch leaders. Currently, we have only three and there have been requests for more. Regarding funding sup- port to branches, I will be representing requests at the bi-annual Trustees’ Board. Grants for funding will only be achievable if they match the ‘Objects’ of the Charitable Trust which focus on Regimental efficiency, Remembrance and Esprit de Corps, and Benevolence. Home Headquarters will continue to manage in- dividual benevolence need.
In addition to the above, I am looking into producing a Veteran Lancer badge that can be worn alongside an antecedent badge and the HM Forces Veteran badge. The Veteran Lancer badge will aim to represent us all as Veteran Lancers forged over the
years in common experience. We look forward to supporting the work of the Museums where possible, in order that the public can not only admire the chattels and history past but also ap- preciate what it is to be a British Lancer.
I hope to ensure that every event has at least one member of the committee present and that we collectively, as an association, are able to achieve the intent of our Colonel of the Regiment at the earliest opportunity. Looking ahead, I very much hope that as many Veteran Lancers as possible will be able to attend the Mons Weekend, at which the Regiment’s new Guidon will be trooped in Catterick on 24-25 June 17. Should you wish to seek information on other Veteran Lancer dates please contact Home Headquarters who can provide you with information and who to get in touch with. See list of events on page 124.
   Dick Boorman,Monica & Don McLean, Dick Ward and nephew Staff Sergeant Christopher and Brittany Petherbridge and Major Chris and Joanna Kierstead
Patron’s Lunch
On Sunday June 12th 2016, The Mall in St James’s Park was transformed for its largest ever street party to cel- ebrate The Queen’s patronage of over 600 charities and or- ganisations on the occasion of her 90th birthday. The Regi- ment received invitations from Buckingham Palace, due to the links between Her Majesty as Colonel-in-Chief of the 16th/5th Royal Lancers, The Queen’s Royal Lancers and The Royal Lancers.
The Patron’s Lunch was the climax to a fantastic weekend of celebrations, beginning with a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday 10th June followed by Troop- ing the Colour on Saturday 11th June and culminated with The Patron’s Lunch as the celebratory finale on the Sun-
day. Several members of the serving regiment attended, Ma- jor Kierstead and Staff Sergeant Petherbridge, along with a number of old comrades. Despite being one of the wettest days on record for mid-June, picnic hampers were collected, ice-creams eaten and Pimms drunk, all kindly provided by Her Majesty. After a series of parades down the Mall by the different organisations to whom Her Majesty is patron, the Queen, Prince Phillip and their children and grandchildren walked and drove along the Mall, applauded by the 10,000 well wishers lining the Mall and St James’ Park. A genuinely enjoyable day out and an honour to have been invited to rep- resent the Regiment at such an iconic event.
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Table toast

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