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Her Majesty the Queen rewards Queen’s Guard graduates

Her Majesty the Queen rewards Queen’s Guard graduates

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit enjoys the magnificent display of war tactics, old and new.

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit inspects the military hardware.

Her Majesty the Queen is welcomed by families of the military officers.

Her Majesty presents a token of appreciation to a representative of the cast that put on the dazzling display.

Story & Photos by
Suchada Tupchai

Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on August 24 visited the 21st Infantry Regiment of the Royal Armament, Queen’s Guard in Chonburi, under the Royal Command of Her Majesty the Queen, to present military insignia for soldiers completing the Queen’s Guard special forces training.

Army officers, representatives of private organizations and members of the public gave a warm welcome to Her Majesty, who also watched a demonstration of military tactics, a display of old-style hand-to-hand combat by over 1,000 participants, and historical elephant-back warfare.

Her Majesty presented a gift to General Prawit Wongsuwan, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army, and then presented badges to soldiers who had completed the Queen’s Guard special forces training. Called the “Tiger Special Forces”, this year’s class was the 14th Queen’s Guard graduating class.

A visit to a Korean War Veterans’ Museum was included in Her Majesty’s visit before she returned to Chitralada Royal Palace.

The 2nd battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment of the Queen’s Guard Special Forces course is divided into four distinct parts. The first covers morale and team spirit building, with four weeks at Nawamintarachini Camp, and is designed to help participants become knowledgeable on all tactics and become highly skilled in the use of arms.

The next four weeks are designed to hone jungle and mountain skills, with participants trained in fighting tactics and how to survive in remote terrain.

Following this is three weeks training at sea, and another three weeks in Bangkok to gain an understanding of urban tactics against terrorism and maintaining the security of visiting VIPs.

The final two weeks are spent back at Nawamintarachini Camp where the trainees practice parachute jumping and related skills.

Colonel Phanuwat Nakwong, commander of the 21st Infantry Regiment of the Queen’s Guard makes his presentation to HM the Queen.

Paratroopers awed the crowd with their daring jumps.

Troops of the 21st Infantry Regiment of the Royal Armament, Queen’s Guard stand to attention to welcome Her Majesty the Queen.

Elephant vs elephant on the battlefield.

The troupe put a spectacular display from ancient battles fought on elephant and horse back all the way up to the sophistication of modern warfare.

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