The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (PRVC) were honoured to be awarded yesterday Privileged Status of the City of London, an honour given to only 13 other distinguished military units. After a Church service at St Lawrence Jewry, held by Canon Flora Winfield, DL, the FANY Chaplain, members of the Corps took part in a parade. During the parade commemorative coins were awarded by HRH The Princess Royal, the Corps Commandant-in-Chief to FANYs for their work in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The parade started and concluded with a Royal Salute from the Band of the Irish Guards, and was followed by a reception in the Guildhall, where the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London formally presented a plaque to the Commanding Officer, Commandant Philippa Lorimer, MBE.
Privileged Status was awarded to the FANY for their work over the past 45 years supporting the City of London community in the immediate aftermath of incidents and civil emergencies, from the 1975 Moorgate tube crash to the 2017 and 2019 London Bridge terrorist attacks. The Status is public recognition of the extraordinary role that the Corps does, and it allows the Corps to march through the City with ‘drums beating and bayonets fixed’.