Queen Elizabeth Made a Rare Personal Statement Honoring the British Armed Forces

It’s not often that Queen Elizabeth makes a personal statement, but her royal highness did just that on Saturday, celebrating Armed Forces Day in the U.K. with a sincere thank you on the @theroyalfamily account.

“The Duke of Edinburgh and I join many around the United Kingdom in celebrating Armed Forces Day, and the efforts of our military both at home and overseas,” she began.

“Today provides an opportunity for thanks, and a recognition of the dedication and risks faced by those serving our nation. We also have cause to thank veterans, who continue to contribute to our way of life, long after they leave the Armed Forces.”

“Having had members of my family serve in each of the Armed Services, I know only too well of the pride Service personnel take in their duty. As your Commander-in-Chief, I send my warmest best wishes to you all, your families, and the entire Armed Forces community.”

“Elizabeth R.”

The royal family also shared a photo of Queen Elizabeth saluting members of the British Armed Forces, with the caption, “Thank you to every regular, reserve, cadet and veteran who has served with @royalnavy, @britisharmy, @royalairforceuk.
The Queen and the Royal Family are proud supporters of the Armed Services community both in the UK and the Commonwealth.”

In the United Kingdom, Armed Forces Day is always celebrated on the last Saturday in June, commemorating the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces.

And if you’re curious who the heck Elizabeth R. is, the R stands for Regina, Latin for queen. (The more you know.)


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