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News release 15th February 2012      For immediate release


In honour of The Queen’s 60 year reign, the Armed Forces will mount a special Parade and Muster at Windsor with Her Majesty on Saturday, 19 May.

Nearly 2,500 troops from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force will parade through Windsor Castle and town before Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh. They will then muster in the Castle grounds for a unique event before an audience of more than 3,000 Armed Forces personnel, their families, and veterans. An impressive, tri-Service flypast of current and historic aircraft will conclude the celebrations.

Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards said:

“Her Majesty The Queen’s support and encouragement over the years has created a very special bond between our monarch and her Forces. That link is felt by all those who have the privilege to wear Her Majesty’s uniform both in the UK and on many varied operations overseas.

“The Parade and Muster will truly be a day to remember. It is an opportunity to highlight the unique relationship The Queen has with the men and women of the Armed Forces and of the role she fills in our lives.”

The custom of the Armed Forces paying tribute to the Monarch during a Jubilee year is an established tradition. Similar celebrations were held during the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, the Silver Jubilee of King George V, and the Silver and Golden Jubilees of the present Queen.

The Parade and Muster will be the first time all three Services have visited The Queen for a dedicated event, and will be broadcast by BBC Television. Further details, including information on those marching in the parade and the aircraft taking part in the flypast, will be released in due course.


Notes to editors

1.   Images of The Queen and the Armed Forces are available on the Defence News Imagery website, Images for use in News reporting can be accessed via a temporary log in. User name: GuestUser Password: WhiteBoard.

2.   The custom of the Armed Forces paying tribute to the Monarch during a Jubilee year is a long established tradition. To celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, a Fleet Review was held at Spithead, Hampshire and a Grand Military Tattoo was performed for The Queen at Windsor. King George V reviewed all three Services (the Royal Air Force had been founded in 1918) at separate events for his Silver Jubilee in 1935. For the present Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, Her Majesty attended a Fleet Review at Spithead, a review of the Army in Sennelager, Germany, and a review of the Royal Air Force at RAF Finningley, South Yorkshire, with further visits to the Royal Marines and Cadet Forces. In 2002, a tri-Service event was held at Whale Island, Portsmouth for the Golden Jubilee.

3.   Following the parade, the Armed Forces will muster in an arena within the grounds of Windsor Castle for an event watched by an audience of more than 3,000 invited guests comprising Service personnel, their families, and veterans reflecting the campaigns of The Queen’s 60-year reign.

4.   Further detailed information on the Diamond Jubilee Parade and Muster will be announced in due course on the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency website,

5.   The Parade and Muster will form part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty The Queen, and will take place ahead of the central weekend of celebrations on 2 – 5 June. For more information on the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, please visit or  

6.   Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh both served in the Armed Forces during the Second World War, in the Auxiliary Territorial Service and the Royal Navy respectively. In addition to being Head of the Armed Forces, The Queen also holds various appointments and honorary ranks, as does The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of The Royal Family. Such appointments include special relationships with certain ships, honorary colonels (known as Royal Colonels) in Army regiments and Corps, and honorary ranks connected with Royal Air Force stations.



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