THE WELSH Guards have been keeping themselves busy in the two months since they moved into Hounslow's Cavalry Barracks.
Members of the battalion, which will call Hounslow home for the next two-and-a-half years, played a key role in the royal wedding on April 29.
Commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel Charlie Antelme said: "It was a big day for the whole country and being at the heart of it with the battalion was fantastic. We formed a guard of honour outside Buckingham Palace and made up the majority of troops lining The Mall, from where we saluted the royals as they came out. The atmosphere was incredible.
"We're also going to be heavily involved in the Queen's birthday parade and we're already gearing up for our return to Afghanistan, so it's a hectic schedule."
The Welsh Guards, who were previously based in Aldershot, returned from their last tour of duty in Afghanistan at the end of 2009.
They will head back early next year to play their part in the Army's mission to train Afghan police officers, of which there are already nearly 120,000.
"Everyone's delighted Bin Laden's been removed but, although there's been a great deal of progress, we're aware there are a lot of challenges," said Lt Col Antelme. "We train hard so we can make a difference in places like Afghanistan and we're looking forward to getting out there."
Hounslow Barracks hit the national headlines a few years ago when the 'shocking' standards of accommodation for soldiers was exposed. But a lot of work has taken place at the camp in Beavers Lane, Hounslow West, recently, and Lt Col Antelme said the new digs are 'the best the boys have had'.
He was speaking ahead of a talk by the Army Presentation Group, held at Hounslow's Civic Centre last Wednesday (May 18) to give community leaders an insight into Army life.
The 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers - the Barracks' previous tenants - built strong links with the community and were honoured with the freedom of the borough in November 2009.
Lt Col Antelme said the Welsh Guards were equally keen to get to know their neighbours and had already hosted a community engagement scheme run by police.