The British Royal Family attended a Service of Dedication on Horse Guards Parade on March 9th in London. The Queen formally unveiled the new Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial in Victoria Embankment Gardens and the other members of the family attended a reception. Most of the members of the Royal family have either served or visited Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied by the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Duke of York, Earl & Countess of Wessex, Princess Royal & Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester for the Service of Dedication at Horse Guards Parade. The service was a dedication to those deployed to Iraq & Afghanistan, either military or civilian, and those who supported them at home. Prince Harry gave a sombre tribute at the start of the ceremony, quoting ‘A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace,’ from the Bible.
Following the Service of Dedication, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh traveled to Victoria Embankment Gardens, where she unveiled the Iraq Afghanistan Memorial in the presence of the Memorial Trustees, together with individuals who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.
The other members of the Royal Family, led by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, attended a reception on Horse Guards Parade for those who attended the Service of Dedication.
The Queen wore a royal blue dress and hat with her customary Three Strand Pearl Necklace and Queen Mary’s Russian Brooch. The Duke of Edinburgh wore a dark coat with the regimental tie of the Royal Marines and medals.
The Prince of Wales wore a navy coat with the Fleet Arm Air regimental tie. The Duchess of Cornwall wore a green coat and hat with her Pearl Choker with Large Diamond Clasp, Everyday Pearl Pendant Earrings, and 4 Rifles brooch. The Duke of Cambridge wore a dark coat with the regimental tie of the Household Division. The Duchess wore a grey Michael Kors coatdress and navyLock & Co hat with her G.Collins and Sons tanzanite earrings and pendent.
The Countess of Wessex wore a patterned red dress with a black hat and a regimental badge. The Princess Royal wore a cream with a black hat and gold brooch. The Duchess of Gloucester wore a camel coat with a patterned hat and a gold badge.
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