Queen and Royal Family to attend service to mark end of combat operations in Afghanistan

Queen and Royal Family to attend service to mark end of combat operations in Afghanistan

Nicola Hine

The Queen will attend the Service of Commemoration to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

It will take place at St Paul's Cathedral in London at 11am on Friday, March 13. 

The service will feature prayers by members of the Armed Forces, veterans and families.

Joining the Queen will be the Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, The Duke of York, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and The Duke of Gloucester.

The service will be led by the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, with the address given by the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

Afterwards personnel who served in Afghanistan will parade from St Paul’s through the City of London to Guildhall. The Prince of Wales will take the salute.

At the end of the parade the Royals will attend receptions at Guildhall, the Honourable Artillery Company and Wellington Barracks for those who attended the service and took part in the parade. 

British forces ended combat operations in Afghanistan in October, having been working to make the country safer and more stable since 2001.

Senior government and military representatives and representatives of other nations who formed part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan will also attend the service.

Following the announcement of the service last month, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "This is our opportunity to show the enormous gratitude we owe to all those who served in Afghanistan, and to salute the many acts of courage and sacrifice made by the thousands of men and women involved in the campaign.

"We owe a special debt to those who didn’t return and I hope that their family members are able to join us at the service."

In August the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards (pictured) were welcomed back from Kabul with a parade in Windsor.

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