- Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, toured sections of the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) Up Park Camp Headquarters on Thursday (October 1).
Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, toured sections of the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) Up Park Camp Headquarters on Thursday (October 1).
The tour was part of Her Royal Highness’ three-day visit to the island from September 30 to October 2.
She was met on arrival by Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson, who introduced her to senior military personnel, after which she was led to a conference room, where six units of the JDF were on display.
These were: the infantry, the support services battalion, the JDF Air Wing, the JDF Coast Guard, engineer regiment, and the combat support battalion.
Her Royal Highness was given a brief history of each unit, the functions they perform and the training requirements. She asked questions of the officers stationed at the exhibits.
After viewing the display, she toured the Military Museum, where she learnt about Jamaica’s involvement in the First World War, otherwise known as the Great War.
She also learnt about the history of the JDF and the origin of the highest military decoration award for valour, the Victoria Cross.
Her Royal Highness signed two guestbooks before departing Up Park Camp.