William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light InfantryA FOND FAREWELL TO LADY PATRICIA

We were taught that Princess Pat was our first Colonel in Chief
And that she admired her soldiers of the red flag maple leaf!
Our current Colonel in Chief since nineteen seventy four
Lady Patricia has served our Regiment in both peace and war!

In two thousand and seven, 17th of March of this year
The PPCLI family will shed a sad farewell tear
Our Countess Mountbatten, who we all love so dear
Will step down to retirement to a loud Regimental Cheer!

We Patricia’s are lucky, because now you see
Our new Colonel in Chief is our former G.G.!
Adrienne has some large combat boots to now fill
She will learn the Ric-a-dam-doo! We know that she will!

Farewell Lady Patricia! Know that you will be sorely missed!
But you are still at the top of our Christmas Card List!
You’ll inspect us all again on that parade ground in the sky!
When we all meet again in the great by and by!

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infanty Battle Honours
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infanty Battle Honours

Outgoing Chief
Outgoing Chief: Lady Patricia, the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, the colonel-in chief of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, points to medals worn by Cpl. David MacDonald as she inspects a PPCLI honour guard in Ottawa yesterday. Lady Patricia will hand over her role as colonel-in chief to former governor general Adrienne Clarkson during a ceremony in Edmonton on March 17. Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press

Outgoing Chief
Clarkson Takes Up Royal Post: Former governor general Adrienne Clarkson, left front, and Lady Patricia Brabourne take part in a change of appointment ceremony in Edmonton yesterday that saw Clarkson succeed Lady Patricia, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, as colonel-in-chief of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Clarkson is the first Canadian to assume the role of the PPCLI Colonel-in-Chief, a post previously reserved for members of the Royal Family. Jimmy Jeong/Canadian Press