THE Duke of Wellington's Regiment has been given new battle honours by the Queen.
She has bestowed Battle Honours for Iraq on the regiment, which recruits extensively in Huddersfield.
The Dukes have been awarded The Theatre Honour Iraq 2003, which relate solely to the phase of the major combat from March to May, 2003, on operations within Iraq.
Soldiers from the regiment spent several months in the war-torn country, working in and around Basra. The commanding officer for the Ist Battalion, which is based at Osnabruck, Germany, Lt-Col Philip Lewis, said: "We are thrilled and delighted to have been awarded the theatre honour of Iraq 2003.
"It recognises the battalion's contribution to Operation Telic.
"The Dukes deployed at very short notice and contributed immensely to the overall effort.
"This is a fitting reward and we are immensely proud."
Other combat units receiving Iraq honours are the Life Guards, the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons), 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards, the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys), the Queen's Royal Lancers, the Royal Tank Regiment, Irish Guards, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the Light Infantry, the Royal Irish Regiment, the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), the Parachute Regiment, Special Air Service Regiment, the Army Air Corps and the Royal Yeomanry.