|150th Anniversary Portrait|
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Black Watch’s service to Canada in 2012, military artist Katherine Taylor was commissioned to capture the spirit of our proud Regimental history. The centerpiece of this montage is the Canadian Black Watch Soldier, in full dress uniform. This soldier is meant to represent the embodiment of today’s Black Watch Soldier. He is supported by not only the Regimental Pipes and Drums but also the many who went before him as depicted in the images of major milestones in our history.
From WW1 with our kilted soldiers advancing across No Man’s Land in attack formation, through WW2 with a scene from the campaign in the Scheldt Estuary, an inspection by the Colonel-in-Chief, Queen Elizabeth, to service in Korea with soldiers standing at the 38th parallel marker, Peacekeeping operations in Cyprus and the Balkans represented by the famous blue headdress, into the Cold War era with images of maneuvers in West Germany, culminating in the present with the patrol scene in Afghanistan.
Lasting regimental landmarks are seen in the armoury on Bleury Street and in the scene of soldiers of 1 & 2 RHC in Camp Gagetown, New Brunswick marching past the historic Fort St. Louis Arch originally built in Germany for the 1963 Trooping of the Colours Ceremony.
From our official formation in 1862 through a century and a half of conflicts and sacrifice, as depicted by the three Pipers playing over fresh graves, emerges the embodiment of a soldier of the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment of Canada in 2012.
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