The members of the British Royal family attended a memorial service for those deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were joined by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, and nearly every other member of the immediate royal family.
Today’s service took place at Horse Guards. There was a memorial service followed by the unveiling of a formal memorial. The Queen unveiled the simple yet poignant memorial.
Kate, William, and Harry were all in attendance to honor the service members and their families. It was surprisingly a sunny, positive event – so many of these memorial occasions are somber, but this particular one felt like more of an honoring of service than a mourning of the departed.
Following the memorial service, there was a reception for service members and their families. 2,500 guests mingled with the members of the royal family.
A brief sartorial note: the Duchess wore her blue Michael Kors coat, which we have seen twice before. She opted for Rupert Sanderson shoes, navy gloves, and her G. Collins & Sons tanzanite jewelry set. Many noted her classic choice of hat, which was perfectly suited for the event.
Today’s event was a lovely way to honor those who have served in the recent initiatives in Iraq and Afghanistan. The next time we see the Duchess will be another military honor – she and the Duke of Cambridge will present shamrocks to the Irish Guards on March 17!