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RGLI Regimental Museum - Official Opening

The new Regimental Museum of the Royal Guernsey Light Infantry opened its doors to the public on Monday 6th July 2009. The opening ceremony was performed by the Earl and Countess of Wessex as part of their two day visit to the Bailiwick.

The castle looked its best on a lovely sunny day
Entrance to the museum is from the middle ward of the castle
Tourists gather to watch the proceedings under the
watchful eye of a policeman
His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor of Guernsey, Sir Fabian Malbon
and Lady Malbon were present for the opening
Guests mingle in the Middle ward before the arrival of the royal party.
201 Squadron Museum can be seen in the background
The Earl of Wessex prepares to unveil the memorial plaque
The Earl and Countess of Wessex outside the entrance to the museum.

Jason Monaghan (left), Director of Museum Services in Guernsey and Matt Harvey ( right) Social History curator,
who put together much of the exhibition,
wait for their guests by the entrance to the new museum

The Earl of Wessex spoke briefly about the museum
This figure is part of a diorama just inside the entrance to the new museum
One of the display cabinets contains uniforms of the period
This cabinet contains the coat that belonged to Joey the donkey,
the regimental mascot

Mark Bougourd and Liz Walton from Guernsey were invited to represent
the group at the official opening of the museum