The pin was presented to the Princess on behalf of the province by Premier Dwight Ball at an event on June 30. The custom-designed, sterling silver pin features three forget-me-not blossoms with an inset of Newfoundland gold to represent the past, present, and future of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment in our province. It may be worn as a lapel pin or brooch in remembrance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s military service members.
Princess Anne has a keen understanding of what the losses at Beaumont-Hamel meant for the people of our province. “The history of the Regiment,” she says, “Was an extraordinary history in its own right and quite an extraordinary level of commitment from what was really a remarkably small group of people…. Every family would have been affected in some way.”
On the surge of enlistments in the Regiment after the battle, the Princess notes: “That says a lot for those who joined after Beaumont-Hamel, because if, before that, they only had a vague idea of what they were getting involved in, the ones who joined up after that and made up the numbers knew exactly what they were getting involved in.”