Senior royals will not attend inaugural Armed Forces Day

Thursday June 25, 2009

A number of servicemen and their families are said to be dissapointed that the Queen and other senior members of the royal family will not be in attendance at this weekend's first Armed Forces Day in Kent's historic dockyard.

Although the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will take the royal salute at Saturday's ceremony, Prince Charles and his wife and sons, Prince Philip, Princess Anne and the Earl and Countess of Wessex will all miss out on the occasion.

The Queen will be on official duties in Edinburgh where she will present campaign medals to the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

Prince Charles and Camilla are at Highgrove over the weekend, Prince Andrew, who saw active service with the Royal Navy in the Falklands, will be in New York and Prince Edward is to attend a golf tournament in Portugal.

"There is a feeling that perhaps they could have done a bit better," a senior Army officer has reportedly said. "If you are going to have an Armed Forces Day, then really it should be done properly," he added.

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