The Home Team Advantage
It might seem natural that we were well received by the public at the Royal Armouries, after all, we did wear Red Coats. It wasn't until after the opening that we realized how uniquely appropriate we were. Yorkshire is Duke of Wellington's Regiment country, and most of the modern army presence at the Royal Opening was associated with the Dukes. The Drums of the 1st Battalion played in the Queen. Two of the Honor Guard were from the Dukes, as well as the Corporal who placed the Queen's microphones. Wellesley Company, Army Cadet Force were in the procession. The former Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier WR Mundell, was a Director of the Royal Armouries. We were definitely playing on the home court.