Members of the royal family attended a ceremony honouring the soldiers and civilians of the Gulf War in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Queen unveiled a new memorial at the ceremony, and was joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales too.
2,500 guests attended the ceremony on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall, including charity workers, bereaved families, war veterans and currently serving military members. The memorial will took it’s place in the Victoria Embankment Gardens.
Political figures also made their way to the event, including Prime Minister Theresa May, former Prime Ministers Tony Blair and David Cameron, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon.
Sculptor Paul Day designed the memorial statue, which is intended to commemorate people’s duty and service in Afghanistan from 1990 to 2015. And Paul is no stranger to putting together important memorials, having also created the Battle of Britain monument, a statue showing a couple embracing at Kings Cross station.
Two years ago, on 13th March 2015, the royal family also attended a commemoration service to mark the end of operations in Afghanistan, held at St. Paul’s Cathedral. At the time, the Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant with Princess Charlotte.
The royal family themselves of course have a long history in the military, with Prince Philip having served in the Royal Navy, Prince William having been part of the Royal Air Force, and Prince Harry having also served time in Afghanistan with the army.