Cllr Izzi Seccombe, leader of the council, said: “Granting the Freedom of Entry is the county council’s message of loyal support to the regiment. We are very proud of the work they do in challenging circumstances.”

The councillors were in agreement that granting the freedom of Warwickshire was a clear message of support from the whole county.

Cllr Richard Chattaway, deputy leader of the Labour group, said: “Not only as a former member of the armed forces but also as a county councillor, I am delighted that the regiment has had this honour bestowed upon them.”

Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said: “I echo the sentiments of my colleagues in the county council. We are extremely grateful to the fusiliers and this is our way of saying thank you.”

Warwickshire will be the second county area to grant them freedom of a county, following Northumberland.