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William and Kate Present Shamrocks To The Irish Guards

  March 17, 2017 at 8:27 am by

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have this morning presented the traditional shamrocks to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in a ceremony at their barracks in Hounslow to mark St Patrick’s Day. Among those receiving shamrock sprigs from William, who is the Colonel of the Regiment, and Catherine was the Regiment’s mascot, an Irish wolfhound named Domhnall. Following the presentation, the couple posed for the Sergeants’ and Officers’ Mess photos, before attending a reception … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Happy St Patrick’s Day From Elizabeth & Jean!

  March 17, 2017 at 4:00 am by

March 17, 1997: Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was joined by Luxembourg’s Grand Duke Jean for the presentation of shamrocks to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards in the traditional St Patrick’s Day ceremony at the Elizabeth Barracks in Surrey. The Grand Duke, who abdicated in 2000, served as a volunteer in the Irish Guards during the Second World War, before undertaking military training at Sandhurst and eventually rising the ranks to … Continue reading

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Blooming in Blue: Queen Elizabeth Reopens Army Museum

  March 16, 2017 at 11:22 am by

Queen Elizabeth II was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duke of Kent for Thursday’s reopening of the recently refurbished National Army Museum in London. After being welcomed with a kiss from her cousin, the Duke of Kent, who is patron of the National Army Museum, the royal party toured the Army Gallery, viewing the new exhibition of military uniforms over the years. One of the uniforms on … Continue reading

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A Father-Son Engagement For Charles & Harry As They Present Medals To Gurkha Soldiers

  March 14, 2017 at 11:20 am by

The Prince of Wales enjoyed a duo engagement with his younger son, Prince Harry, today as they presented operational service medals to soldiers from the 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles. Taking place in Buckingham Palace’s ballroom, the two Princes presented 154 soldiers with one of two service medals (either the Afghanistan Operational Service Medal, or the Accumulated Campaign Service Medal for those who already had the former) to mark their … Continue reading

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Norwegian Heir Takes Part In Military Exercises

  March 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm by

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway has taken part in the Norwegian Armed Forces exercise Joint Viking in Finnmark. The exercise is being held to “practice crisis management and the defence of Norway”, and to improve the information flow within the military branches. Prince Haakon accompanied Admiral Haakon Bruun-Hanssen, the Chief of Norwegian Defence, to meet soldiers taking part and learning about their tasks during the exercise. 8,000 Norwegian military personnel are taking … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Unveils Afghanistan and Iraq Memorial

  March 9, 2017 at 9:10 am by

Queen Elizabeth II has this morning unveiled the national memorial which honours the members of the Armed Forces and British civilians who saw active service during conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq at the Victoria Embankment Gardens. The memorial was designed by Paul Day with the intention of “commemorating the duty and service of those who put themselves in harm’s way” as Britain was involved in conflicts in the Middle East between 1990 … Continue reading

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Queen Elizabeth Presents Leeks To Royal Welsh In Annual Tradition

  March 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm by

During a ceremony at the Lucknow Barracks in Tidworth on Friday, Queen Elizabeth II presented traditional leeks to the Royal Welsh regiment as part of St David’s Day celebrations. The Queen is the Colonel-in-Chief of the regiment, which was formed in 2006 after several other regiments were merged. She inspected the troops on review, before handing out the leeks – and met the regiment’s mascots, two goats named Shenkin and Llewelyn. “In … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cornwall Helps To Welcome Soldiers Returning From Iraq

  February 27, 2017 at 10:07 am by

On Monday February 27 at the Normandy Barracks in Aldershot, the Duchess of Cornwall helped military families officially welcome home soldiers from the 4th Battalion The Rifles after a four-month deployment to Iraq. The Duchess, who is the Royal Colonel of the regiment, inspected the troops during a muster parade, before addressing the crowd. “In the most difficult circumstances you have shown your usual skill and spirit, no matter what … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Frederik Visits Danish Air Force In France

  February 1, 2017 at 7:38 am by

On January 30 and 31, the Crown Prince of Denmark was in France where he was visiting the Danish Air Force ‘Winter Hide’ exercise. Prince Frederik was briefed on the exercises, described as ‘high level air defence cooperation’ by the French Ambassador to Denmark, by Major General Nielsen and Brigadier General Charpentier. He spent time speaking with soldiers who are currently stationed in France for the exercises. The exercises are taking … Continue reading

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The Prince of Wales On ‘Away Day’ to Leicester

  January 25, 2017 at 4:14 pm by

The Prince of Wales has spent the day in Leicester, visiting a number of different groups that are central to the city. Beginning at Leicester College, Prince Charles was shown the progress of a Prince’s Trust initiative, the ACHIEVE personal development programme that is a “tailored form of study aimed at boosting teenagers’ confidence and attitude to learning.” He met with students who had received help through ACHIEVE, including Afghan refugee Baseer … Continue reading

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A Visit to Help For Heroes At Tedworth House For Prince Harry

  January 23, 2017 at 5:25 pm by

Since he left the military in June 2015, the main focus of Prince Harry’s charity work has been on the mental health of returned servicemen and women. Today’s engagement – a visit to one of Help for Heroes’s Recovery Centres, Tedworth House, on the border of Wiltshire and Hampshire. The Prince spent time speaking with former service personnel who have received support through the Help for Heroes Hidden Wounds program, which provides mental health assessments … Continue reading

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Countess of Wessex Pays Visit to Military Families in Bulford

  January 11, 2017 at 2:12 pm by

The Countess of Wessex today made a trip to Bulford, in Wiltshire, where she met with soldiers from the 5th Battalion The Rifles and their families. She was given a tour of Ward Barracks, the new home base for the 5th Battalion following their recent return from Germany. During her tour, the Countess was shown the newest equipment the 5th Battalion uses, including new personal protection equipment. "Virtus" is the new … Continue reading

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King Felipe Presides Over 2017 Pascua Militar

  January 6, 2017 at 4:02 pm by

Today at the Plaza de la Armería at the Royal Palace of Madrid, King Felipe VI of Spain presided over the annual Pascua Militar, a military ceremony dating back to 1782 and the reign of Carlos III. The King reviewed the Royal Guard formation during the ceremony, which also included a 21-gun salute and the playing of the Spanish national anthem, La Marcha Real. Queen Letizia joined her husband in … Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cornwall Attends The Sovereign’s Parade

  December 16, 2016 at 12:45 pm by

Representing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cornwall has attended the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst today. Wearing a dark green double-breasted military-style coat with fur trim, Camilla inspected the 156 Officer Cadets who were passing out at the end of the term having completing their Commissioning Course. The Duchess delivered a speech during the ceremony, in which she congratulated the graduating officers (and their … Continue reading

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Prince Harry’s Tour of the Caribbean: Day Twelve – Guyana

  December 2, 2016 at 8:43 pm by

Prince Harry’s Caribbean tour has reached its final destination: Guyana, who is this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of their independence from Britain. The Prince will spend the weekend here before making his return to London on Sunday afternoon. Upon arrival, the Prince began his visit to the country with an audience with the President of Guyana, David Granger, who joked that photographs with politicians were “not quite Rihanna”, before heading … Continue reading

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The Countess of Wessex Unveils Painting During Visit to Sandhurst

  November 18, 2016 at 5:26 pm by

The Countess of Wessex was in Camberley today, where she visited the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for the unveiling of a new painting that marks the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps involvement in Operation Gritrock. Operation Gritrock was undertaken by the British, Irish and Canadian Armed Forces between October 2014 and November 2015 to eradicate the Ebola virus in West Africa. Sophie, in a full black ensemble with the badge … Continue reading

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Bringing Out A Favourite: Queen Margrethe Presents The Queen’s Watch

  November 16, 2016 at 3:21 pm by

Queen Margrethe presented another edition of The Queen’s Watch today in Copenhagen, and the Queen with one of the most intriguing senses of fashion donned what seems to be one of her favourite hats considering the amount of times it is brought out of its hatbox! Paired with an oversize electric blue coat, the matching blue hat features no brim, a black patent leather trim and what can only be described as an antenna … Continue reading

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King Philippe Visits Belgian Troops In Jordan Alongside King Abdullah

  November 16, 2016 at 12:57 pm by

His Majesty King Philippe paid a surprise visit to the Belgian troops in Jordan yesterday. The King, who arrived in Jordan on Monday evening, was welcomed by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan in his private residence where, after a meeting, took place a private dinner. Yesterday, Tuesday November 15, the King, accompanied by King Abdullah, visited the Muwaffaq Salti Air Base situated in Azraq, a town in central-eastern … Continue reading

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British Royals Attend Annual Festival of Remembrance

  November 12, 2016 at 7:23 pm by

Each November, the British Royal Legion hosts a Festival of Remembrance performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London to ‘commemorate all those who have lost their lives in conflicts’. Queen Elizabeth II was joined by a number of members of the Royal Family for the evening performance, which featured the Royal Air Force Squadronaires and the Band of HM Royal Marines, and to mark the 100th anniversary, a presentation on the Battle … Continue reading

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Prince Harry Leads Armistice Day Service of Remembrance

  November 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm by

Prince Harry represented the Queen at the Service of Remembrance at the National Memorial Arboretum today, Armistice Day. The Prince, watched on by representatives of the three branches of the Armed Forces and dozens of veterans and their families, laid a wreath at memorial ahead of two minutes silence at 11am. He also delivered a reading of The Soldier, a poem written by Rupert Brooke in 1914 that expresses a deceased soldier’s … Continue reading

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