23 Jun CORPS 100TH BIRTHDAY
ROYAL SIGNALS CELEBRATE 100TH BIRTHDAY
· Royal Signals celebrate birthday on 28th June 2020, 100 years after being granted a Royal Warrant, signed by Sir Winston Churchill.
· The Corps are the British Army’s communication, IT and cyber experts and their troops have taken part in every notable operation since formation.
· HRH The Princess Royal, the Colonel-In-Chief, has recorded a very rare interview to celebrate the occasion, and many other celebrities have filmed a ‘Happy Birthday’ video message that will be released this weekend.
· Despite COVID-19, they have celebrated in style, with nearly 2,000 taking part in a 100km challenge, a military skills competition and even a Royal Signals badge being sent into space!
Reaching 100 years is always an achievement worth celebrating, and this weekend all members of the Royal Signals family will acknowledge the milestone reached by their Corps. 28th June 2020 marks exactly 100 years to the day that the Corps was formed by Royal Warrant, signed by Winston Churchill, then Secretary of State for Defence. Since then, the Royal Signals have fulfilled the communication and information systems role to the British Army, providing the vital link to every major operation worldwide. Now at the forefront of cyber warfare operations, the Corps is exceptionally proud of its technological and engineering capabilities.
Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, Colonel-In-Chief, recorded a very rare interview, talking about her pride in the Corps, its history and future, and the unique role that women play in the organisation. Created and edited by Royal Signals personnel, the full video will be released on British Army social media channels this Sunday, 28th June.
Other celebrities including Phil Neville, Dame Kelly Holmes, Bear Grylls, Veterans’ Minister Johnny Mercer and Kris Akabusi, who served in the Royal Signals, recorded a separate happy birthday video that will be unveiled on Sunday.
A full programme of parades and other activities was planned, but COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of nearly all of them. Undaunted, members of the Royal Signals including Regular, Reserve and Cadets, have celebrated in style. This month, nearly 2,000 have taken part in a 100km challenge, including Cpl John Hayes who walked the distance despite suffering from a debilitating stroke in January. They have currently raised thousands of pounds for the Royal Signals Charity.
On the day itself, troops at the Royal Signals HQ at Blandford, Dorset, will take part in a 100-mile endurance
challenge known as the Vital Link Trophy, and a corps emblem (known affectionately as ‘Jimmy’) will be sent to the edge of space on a modified weather balloon, with photographs being beamed back via a specially-programmed Raspberry Pi computer.
The Royal Signals is extremely proud of its heritage and equally proud of where it stands today, an inclusive and forward-thinking organisation with all trades open to women, offering a huge range of apprenticeships and professional qualifications, amazing opportunities for personal development, and at the forefront of cyber operations. We’re in great shape to take on whatever the next 100 years holds for us.