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07 February 2017 → The British Ambassador accompanied by soldiers of the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment laid flowers to the Victory Monument

British Ambassador Fiona Gibb accompanied by soldiers of the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment laid flowers to the Victory Monument, the "Minsk-news" agency reports.

In memory of those killed during the Second World War soldiers of the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment played military marches on their bagpipes.

“For me it’s the first time that music is played by British soldiers in Minsk. This is an important symbol of friendship and cooperation between the UK and Belarus”, said Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Belarus Fiona Gibb.

She said that the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment is famous for its long history.

“During the Second World War soldiers of this regiment participated in the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy. As far as I know, the Belarusian military also fought there as part of the Polish Army under British command. It is very symbolic that soldiers of the Irish Regiment are taking part in this ceremony because their predecessors had fought shoulder to shoulder with the Belarusian soldiers”, said Fiona Gibb.

Despite the bitter cold, the soldiers were dressed in traditional Irish uniforms. According to them, the tradition of wearing this uniform was born in the XVI century and it is worn by them during all the ceremonies and parades. There is no other uniform. However the soldiers admitted that they were very cold.

The ceremony in Victory Square was organized as part of the British Embassy's participation in the program of the Minsk International Book Fair to be held from 8 to 12 February. To listen to Irish Regiment soldiers playing the bagpipes will also be possible on 7 February at 16:00 in the Museum of the Great Patriotic War and on 8 February at the Book Fair which will open in "BelExpo" National Exhibition Centre.

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Photo by Sergey Lukashov

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