A message from Queen Camilla on Armed Forces Day

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Queen Camilla has released a video message to mark Armed Forces Day.

In her remarks, the Queen thanks veterans and active military personnel and their families for their service in a video filmed by the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS), of which she is patron.

Queen Camilla is wearing her father, Bruce Shand’s military medals and the Royal Lancers brooch; Camilla is Colonel in Chief. The Royal Lancers are also the regiment her father served in.

The Queen filmed her remarks in the Morning Room at Clarence House.

Her full message can be read below:

“I am deeply honoured to join you all on Armed Forces Day. Whether in this country or overseas, we celebrate the service of the men and women in our military and thank you all for everything you do to protect this country of ours. We also remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit of stability and peace around the world.  

Earlier this month, my husband and I were in Normandy on the 80th anniversary of D-Day.  We were reminded of the incredible bravery of the Allied land, sea and air forces whose combined endeavours brought about the liberation of Western Europe and in whose debt we shall forever be. 

Eight decades later, I know that that same spirit and those same qualities remain much in evidence throughout our Armed Forces, as you undertake your duties in the face of a multitude of challenges and dangers. In so doing, you not only protect these Isles, but also defend liberties way beyond these shores. Your determination, unrelenting efforts and selfless loyalty to each other and to the United Kingdom are as enduring as our gratitude.

I also want to thank your families, who keep the home fires burning, whilst you are deployed overseas. As the proud daughter of an Army officer, I know something of the impact military life has on your loved ones – you too are heroes. 

In times of war and in times of peace, whether seen or unseen, our Armed Forces support and strengthen our nation. You are a source of inspiration, reassurance and pride – and I salute you all.”  

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