The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge issue heartwarming message to armed forces

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge thanked British forces on Armistice Day

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to British forces serving around the world prior to today's Armistice Day services.


The Duke of Cambridge explained during the call how he hoped Armistice Day would remind people of how committed Britain's military personnel were.

He said: "I hope that you know that we are still thinking about all of you and the important job you're all doing, and that everyone is very grateful.

"People don't necessarily realise how committed and scattered the British Armed Forces are around the world.

"It is quite impressive, just a little snapshot of you three here in important areas of the globe where we are committed to doing our best and making a difference.

"It is interesting at Remembrance to have that time to reflect on all the roles that you guys are playing and British forces are committed to."

The Duke was joined by Royal Navy PT instructor Damon Bell, Corporal Jiwan Kumar Thapa, of the Queen's Gurkha Signals, and Flight Sergeant Gemma Thomson.

He joked that he might need PT instructor Damon's help to get back into shape after lockdown.

Recalling his time on HMS Iron Duke, a Type 23 frigate on which he served for five weeks during an attachment with the Navy in 2008, William joked with Damon.

He told him: "I remember being beasted by people like you, Damon, on the Iron Duke. The on-deck PT was always quite a fun afternoon.

"I think after a number of lockdowns I might need your PT skills to help get back into shape again."