Royals in uniform

By Anna Redman

Every year we wear poppies on our lapels and, on Nov. 11, take a moment of silence to remember the soldiers who fought and fell to keep us free and honour them by remembering what we and our country can be because of their sacrifice.

With military devotion coursing strongly through their history, some of the most notable Remembrance Day leaders are members of the Royal Family.


The Queen lays a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall on Nov. 8 2015. Photo: © Getty Images

Every year, on the second Sunday of November, a number of them attend the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, while they divide up during the week to attend as many other commemorations as possible. This year's celebrations saw a grand turn out, including the Queen, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.Some of the notable signs of tribute include the presentation of flowers, the laying of wreaths and gun salutes.

Even when they are abroad, members of the Royal Family alway ensure they mark this emotional occasion with the respect it deserves, as Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall demonstrated in 2013, when they were visiting Mumbai, India, and attended a special church service.

Prince Harry wrapped up his military service in June after ten years of service. Photo: © Getty Images

Yet commemorative ceremonies are far from the only way the royals mark the occasion. For decades, princes and princesses have trained and served alongside other British citizens and members of Commonwealth nations who have signed up to do the same. From Prince Harry’srecent departure after 10 years of military service to the Queen’s being a part of the Auxiliary Territorial Service during the Second World War, the royals have never shied away from serving their country, and hold others who do the same in high regard.

Proudly wearing their medals and uniforms with honour, here are seven members of the Royal Family who have gone (or prepared to go) to war to keep their nation safe.


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