Its first year was an eventful one. As the regiment’s first colonel-in-chief, Prince Charles wore its uniform at his investiture as Prince of Wales in July. A month later, in August 1969, two companies of the regiment became the first British troops to be deployed to Belfast in Northern Ireland.
The next three decades saw frequent deployments to West Germany with the British Army of the Rhine and nine further tours of Northern Ireland. Other deployments included Belize, Bermuda, the Falkland Islands and Hong Kong, where it was engaged in anti-smuggling operations.
The regiment also marked the centenary of Rorke’s Drift in 1979 at the Cardiff Castle Tattoo with a re-enactment of the 24th Foot’s actions there. This was followed by peacekeeping in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) during that country's first all-party elections.
In 1999, the regiment deployed to Bosnia as peacekeepers and then to Kosovo in 2001. It also served in Iraq in 2003-04 with 20th Armoured Brigade, and in 2005 with 12th Mechanised Brigade.
The regiment was amalgamated with The Royal Welch Fusiliers on St David’s Day (1 March) in 2006 to form The Royal Welsh, becoming that unit’s 2nd Battalion.
The National Army Museum works together with Regimental and Corps Museums across the country to help provide a network of military museums for everyone to visit and enjoy.
Explore the history and collections of the Royal Regiment of Wales by visiting the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh and Firing Line: Cardiff Castle Museum of the Welsh Soldier.Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh Firing Line