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Favourite Photo April 16, 2021

This week’s favourite photo was taken by Canadian Armed Forces Image Tech Cpl Bryce Cooper.

Shot in Iraq last month, the image features current and former Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry members as they celebrate the regimental tradition of Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth of Connaught’s birthday, the Regiment’s namesake.

Princess Patricia was born in 1886 in London, United Kingdom. The daughter of Duke of Connaught, the appointed governor-general of Canada in 1911, was a popular public figure in Canada, noted the Canadian Encyclopedia website.

Princess Patricia of Connaught. Photo by Bain News Service, courtesy of Library of Congress.

Princess Patricia gave her name to the Regiment in 1914. Sponsored by Montreal businessman Andrew Hamilton Gault, the Regiment was the last privately funded Regiment in the British Empire and dominions.

Lieutenant-Colonel Francis D. Farquhar, the regimental commander, asked the Duke of Connaught for permission to name the Regiment after Patricia.

The Princess she took a close interest in her Regiment, designing and creating the regimental colours or “Ric-A-Dam-Doo,” the crimson flag with its royal blue centre and gold initials, V.P. (for Victoria Patricia). She passed away on January 12, 1974, in Windlesham, Surrey, United Kingdom.

She was succeeded as colonel-in-chief of the PPCLI by her goddaughter, Lady Patricia Brabourne Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1924–2017). The Countess, a first cousin of the late Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh, served in the post until 2007 when she was succeeded by former governor-general Adrienne Clarkson.

The Featured Photo was taken on March 17, 2021, at Camp Canada, Ali Al Salem Airbase, Operation IMPACT.

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Cyndi Mills

Admittedly the Queen of Typos, Cyndi Mills strives for none, but one or two always seems to slip in. She apologizes! Over the last 27 years Cyndi has had the opportunity to move around the country with her husband, Scott and their four children. Having lived in Chilliwack, Edmonton, London, and Petawawa. She stumbled into the world of journalism by accident – looking for a career that could give her the flexibility to work from home to be with her children and support her husband's military career. Cyndi is also a military parent as her two oldest children are in the military. Raising her third and fourth teenagers, she tries to keep sane by walking, gardening, writing, and spending time with her family while running Canadian Military Family Magazine.

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