Trooping the Colour – The Mall – 17 June 2017

The annual ceremony was a little more subdued this year with The Queen initiating a minutes silence to the lives lost in recent events. The Colour was trooped by 1st Battalion Irish Guards, with regimental mascot Domhnall joining the parade along The Mall. Crowd numbers were down on previous years, possibly in part due to the heat as well as the fears for safety. The Duke of Edinburgh took his place by The Queen’s side for the first time in a suit having announced that he would be stepping back from public engagements.

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Unveiling of the Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial – Victoria Embankment, London – 9 March 2017

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, in the presence of Prime Minister Theresa May and invited guests, unveiled a memorial honouring the service and duty of both the UK Armed Forces and civilians in the Gulf region, Iraq and Afghanistan, between 1990-2015. This was preceded by a service of dedication in Horse Guards Parade. Sculptor Paul Day was present to discuss his design with the visitors, both during the ceremony and also once the fences were removed to allow the public to view his work.

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