Prince Philip Banner coming to Rutherglen
The Royal Banner of the Corps of Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) will lead this year’s ANZAC Day march in Rutherglen.
In a rare appearance outside of major military ceremonies, The Prince Philip Banner will be the centrepiece of the 2018 ANZAC Day march and commemorative service marking the 100th Anniversary of the final battles of World War I. The Banner will be accompanied by an escort of 60 Army personnel and will be guarded by an armed Escort Party. The Prince Philip Banner was presented to RAEME by His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1986.
It is one of the number of Royal Banners presented to the Australian Army following a tradition that began in 1904. The Banner is made of crimson silk, measures 120cm x 65cm and is edged with 5cm gold braiding. Embroidered on the banner are the RAEME badge, the Duke of Edinburgh cypher and the Australian Coat of Arms.
The year 1986 is embroidered in the top left hand corner in gold thread to mark the year of the presentation of the Banner, conducted at Bandiana, by Prince Philip. The Banner, pike and associated ceremonial items weigh more than 30 kilograms. The history of banners can be traced back to ancient times when a banneret was a knight who was afforded the privilege of displaying a square banner whilst in the field. When carried aloft in the battlefield, banners served to identify rallying points about which troops would mass to fend off an enemy advance or to re-group and consolidate after periods of combat. Even today, the long association with knights and heraldry affords a Royal Banner special religious and symbolic significance.
They are carefully guarded and are at all times afforded great reverence.
It cannot be touched by ungloved hands and smoking is not permitted in its presence. This year’s ANZAC Day march will begin in Main Street, Rutherglen, at 8.50am.
It will proceed up Main Street, turn left into High Street, right into Murphy Street and proceed to the Memorial Park where the ANZAC Day Commemorative Service will be conducted.
Prince Philip Banner to lead Rutherglen ANZAC Day march.