Adjutant General Corps Freedom of Entry Parade
On Saturday 15 October, the Adjutant General Corps celebrated their 30th anniversary by marching through the City Of Winchester in a Freedom of Entry Parade. Led by the Band of the Rifles, representatives of the Adjutant General's Corps marched through Winchester before the parade finished with the troops forming up for an inspection outside the Guildhall.
Hosted by The Mayor of Winchester, it was attended by the Lord-Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Hampshire and the High Steward of Winchester in the presence of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester and the Deputy Colonel in Chief of the Adjutant General's Corps.
The right of Freedom of Entry is an ancient privilege and allows the Corps to parade through the city to the beat of drums, with swords drawn, bayonets fixed and colours flying. It comes from a period in history when only trusted military units would be allowed to carry arms within city boundaries.