Shortly retiring from active service, Major Arden commissioned a portrait sitting at the London studio. Serving in The Royal Welsh Regiment for over 14 years, the Major is changing career. The portrait will stand the test of time and serve as a record of his service.
The subjects of my first photoshoot, where the Soldiers of 1st Battalion, The Rifles. I discovered little has changed since the Napoleonic Wars. The Rifles, are still at the forefront of battle, trained as marksmen. They don’t carry a flag. Instead, their Battle Honours are carried on Parade uniforms.
Thank you to BBC News Defence correspondent Jonathan Beale, who attended the opening of Soldiery British Army Portraits on 31st January 2018 at the National Army Musuem. Taking the time to interview myself and several of the sitters. Please see full transcript below.
There are currently nine regular cavalry regiments of the British Army, of these two serve as armoured regiments, three as armoured cavalry regiments, three as light cavalry and one as a mounted ceremonial regiment. Soldiery has given me the opportunity to work with seven of these nine Regiments
My final Infantry regimental sittings of my Soldiery Portrait Project took place with The Coldstream Guards. Formed in 1650 as part of the New Model Army during the English Civil War. The regiment swore allegiance to King Charles II in 1660 and has guarded the country’s monarchs since.
The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment are probably the most famous of the mounted soldiers, symbolic due to their Buckingham Palace connections. Photographing these troops required meeting them on home turf of Knightsbridge.
Working with the 2nd Battalion, Royal Gurkha Rifles, was one of the highlights of my Soldiery Project. Many civilians will know something about the Gurkhas. The Regiment carries no flag or pennant, but instead a battle honour is displayed on their chest belt. I was honoured to to capture their unique ceremonial staff, the Queen’s Truncheon, presented to the Regiment in 1863 for their loyalty and service to the Crown.
Retiring from the Army senior military leader Major General Tim Robinson CBE, commissioned a portrait at Army Head quarters in Andover. With a military career spanning two decades, seeing active service and leading troops in Iraq, Bosnia and Northern Ireland.