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Thursday 17 April 2014

Quo get royal seal of approval

Status Quo received a letter of support from the Prince of Wales

Status Quo have been given the royal seal of approval - after receiving a letter of support from the Prince of Wales.

The rock veterans have been given the backing of Charles and Camilla after recording a new version of their hit In The Army Now, which will raise money for forces' charities.

Frontmen Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi had another brush with royalty earlier this year after picking up OBEs, which they were awarded in the New Year Honours list.

In his letter Charles says: "My wife and I would like to express our warmest gratitude to you for supporting Help For Heroes and the British Forces Foundation, two incredibly worthwhile charities that do so much to assist our country's servicemen and women." He wishes the group "every possible success" for the revamped single.

The group were given their marching orders in July when they were put through their paces by the Army to film the video.

They joined 4 Rifles at their barracks in Bulford, Wiltshire, to film the promo for the track.

The Prince added: "Support for our injured servicemen and women, and for the organisations that aid their recovery, comes in many forms and I am so delighted that Status Quo have chosen to re-release this single in aid of these very worthwhile causes."

The 1986 track originally reached No 2 in the singles chart.

The track, recorded with the Corps of Army Music, is to be released on September 26.

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