The Duke of York today attended celebrations in Guildford, in support of British troops and Armed Forces Day.
Prince Andrew, a former Royal Navy pilot who served in the Falklands, took the salute on the parade route at the national event, on behalf of The Queen, head of the Armed Forces. 150 other events took place across the country, ranging from small-scale to parades, like the one in Guildford.
This is the seventh Armed Forces Day, which aims to celebrate and thank the men and women who defend and serve Crown and Country.
A service was also held at Guildford Cathedral to honour troops, which the Prime Minister was supposed to attend, but had to chair an emergency COBRA meeting, following the terrorist attack in Tunisia yesterday.
Prime Minister David Cameron and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon attended the parade with the Duke, who has recently been promoted to the honourary role of Vice Admiral in the Royal Navy, from Rear Admiral. Prince Andrew is also Commodore in Chief of the Fleet Air Arm, and Admiral of the Sea Cadet Corps, a position he has held since 1992.
Mr Cameron said: ‘Let’s be clear. There’s no doubt we face a very severe threat in our country and we have done for many months and many years…
‘But today is about paying tribute to our armed forces and their families who do so much to keep us safe and we should proceed with those events.’
The Duke of York then attended a flag-raising ceremony and spent time speaking with veterans and servicemen and women at the event, no doubt sharing stories about their time in uniform.
Photo: Ministry of Defence