Senior Royals Miss Inaugural Armed Forces Day

  June 26, 2009 at 3:35 am by

There will be no ‘senior royals’ attending the inaugural Armed Forces Day in Kent, according to the British media. The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will attend the event, and one Buckingham Palace spokesman has referred to the couple as ‘senior royals’, although this does not seem to match the call from the public.

The palace official pointed out the Duke and Duchess’s multiple visits to the Middle East, including Iraq and Afghanistan, last year. The Duke is the patron of the Normandy Veterans Association, and 19th in line to the throne.

The event will take place on Saturday at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, and the Duke and Duchess will receive the royal salute as Her Majesty’s representatives. On the same day, Queen Elizabeth will be in Edinburgh to present the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards with campaign medals, whilst the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be at Highgrove. Princes Andrew and Edward are both otherwise engaged.

Armed Forces Day aims to increase public awareness and appreciation of the Armed Forces.

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