Royal homecoming for Scots in batallion which lost 30 men in Afghanistan

By Michael MacLeod

INJURED soldiers were given a Royal welcome home from their bloodiest tour of duty in 50 years today.

In an emotional parade of heroes, the 3 Rifles battlegroup marched down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile – short of 30 men who were killed during a six-month deployment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

The battle scars and conflict injuries sustained by many of the company were clear for the thousands lining the streets to see.

HRH Princess Alexandra took a salute from the Riflemen before meeting wheelchair-bound soldiers who were unable to march, some of whom lost limbs fighting the Taliban in the Sangin area of Helmand.
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