The Earl and Countess of Wessex mark Remembrance Day
Remembrance Day is always an important day for the Royal Family. While events this year were scaled back from previous years due to Coronavirus, the family still marked the special day with visits to the Field of Remembrance, Festival of Remembrance, Remembrance Sunday, the Centenary of the burial of the unknown soldier and virtual conversations with veterans and their families.
The Earl of Countess of Wessex have marked the eleventh day of the eleventh month with a Remembrance Service at the National Memorial Arboretum. Their Royal Highnesses laid a wreath for all of the servicemen and women who have lost their lives in every conflict since World War I. Following the service their Royal Highnesses viewed the names of the fallen at the Armed Forces Memorial in a moment of reflection.
The National Memorial Arboretum is the U.K.'s year-round center for remembrance and they are part of the Royal British Legions family of charities. Several other members of the Royal Family have visited the Arboretum or supported its work through the years including The Queen, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex and the Princess Royal.
Remembrance Day is a particularly special day for members of the Royal Family as the Queen is head of the British Armed forces and many members of the family served in active duty while many more hold honorary military appointments. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh served in the Royal Navy from 1939 to 1946 and has been appointed to four orders of chivalry for his dedication to Queen and Country. Prince Charles served in both the Royal Air Force and in the Royal Navy and both of his sons served in the armed forces; Prince William in the Royal Air Force and Prince Harry in the British Army.
Other members of the family who have served include Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Edward, Prince Michael of Kent and The Duke of Kent. xx