Britain's Reserve Army of civilians in battledress - the Territorial Army - celebrated at the weekend its 50th anniversary with the biggest review of Citizen Soldiers ever held in London.
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MR. CHRISTOPHER SOAMES ARRIVES.
DUKE AND DUCHESS OF GLOUCESTER.
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Background: Britain's Reserve Army of civilians in battledress - the Territorial Army - celebrated at the weekend its 50th anniversary with the biggest review of Citizen Soldiers ever held in London.
Here, at Westminster Abbey, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester go in, between an honour guard of the Westminster Dragoons and the Queen's Westminsters, to attend a service in memory of the Territorials killed in the two World Wars.
Over one thousand "Terriers" - the popular name Britain gives to her Citizen Soldiers - were at the Abbey. And with them too were veterans who as volunteers in the First World War battled in France.
Today's Territorial Army, representing an immediate reserve of trained men, has a strength of over 84,000 volunteers, including 4,000 women.
Now Britain's old-time foot-slogging "Terriers" have given way to an intake of men - most of them young - who join to learn new technical skills and receive pay for it.
The new "Terriers" have the opportunity of becoming electronics engineers or radio mechanics, for example. More tough - and better paid - are the 3,700 volunteers in the Territorial Army's Parachute Brigade.
The weekend celebration here, which will give new thrust to the recruiting drive, ended with a review on Sunday of 8,000 "Terriers" by the Queen.