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The Queen and members of the Royal Family attend events in London to mark the unveiling of the Iraq and Afghanistan national memorial

9th March 2017

Iraq Afghanistan Memorial unveiling

The Royal Family at the Drumhead Service on Horse Guards Parade

The Queen, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, and members of the Royal Family attended events in London today to mark the unveiling of a national memorial. 

The new memorial is dedicated to all UK Service Personnel and civilians who took part in conflicts in the Gulf region, Iraq and Afghanistan between 1990 and 2015.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and other members of the Royal Family gathered on Horse Guards Parade for a Drumhead Service ahead of the unveiling.

Prince Harry gave a reading from the book of Ecclesiastes and The Metropolitan Police Choir performed ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ while around 2,500 invited guests looked on. 

After the Drumhead Service, The Queen walked to Victoria Embankment Gardens where Her Majesty unveiled the memorial during a ceremony of dedication led by the Right Reverend Nigel Stock, Bishop to the Forces.

The senior cleric said a few short prayers and told the small congregation, which included Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, that the new London landmark would "remain an inspiration to us and all who follow, to do our duty with courage and integrity.”

Artist Paul Day gave The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh a guided tour of the memorial he created, pointing out features of the double-sided bronze tondo, or circular sculpture, between two large stones. He also designed the nearby Battle of Britain Monument as well as The Meeting Place, a large bronze statue of a couple embracing at St Pancras railway station.

After the memorial unveiling, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and other members of the Royal Family met Service Personnel, veterans, and guests at a reception.