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PRESENTATION OF COLOURS BY THE DUCHESS OF CONNAUGHT. The Duchess of Connaught, who was accompanied by the Duke, presented new colours to the 2nd Batta- lion of the 12th Regimentat Portsmouth on Saturday in presence of thirty thousand spectators. Among those present were the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Louis of Battenburg, Prince and Princess Edward of Saxo Weimar, and the Duke of Manchester. The old colours were first trooped, and after the new ones had been consecrated by Bishop Claughton, chaplin- general to the forces, the Duchess made the presenta- tion, after which she spoke as follows, in a clear voice, with scarcely a perceptible accent and without ex- hibiting the slightest degree of nervousness Colonel Bagnell, I have very great pleasure in pre- senting these colours to the officers, noncommissioned officers, and men of the 12th Regiment, and in doing so am persuaded that I am confiding them to safe custody, placing them in the hands of those who will defend them if called upon with honour and distinct- ion, and I am proud to have the honour of perform- ing the ceremony. Colonel Bagnell replied expressi ng the honour they felt at being the first to receive such a favour from the Duchess "bo had become a member of the English Royal family. The nam I colours will have the word Afghanistan" added, as the 1st battalion is on active servico there. The twelfth was raised in 1685, and has seen much ser- vice. At the battle of Dettingen the Twelfth, with the Twenty-second Regiments were led by King George I. in person, in honour of which, on the Sov- ereign's birthday, both regiments wear a rose. A number of the regiment perished when the Birken- head foundered, and in 1783 the regiment was direct- ed to assume the title of East Suffolk. The last colours were presented at Gibraltar in 1827.

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