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Queen's tears at memorial to the fallen

By Matthew Cooper

Published 18/05/2016

The Queen wipes her eye during a service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, in tribute to soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
The Queen wipes her eye during a service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, in tribute to soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
The Queen lays a wreath

The Queen has joined wounded veterans at an emotional ceremony to unveil a memorial to fallen soldiers from an Army regiment of which she is Colonel-in-Chief.

Family, friends and comrades of those killed serving in the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment also attended the service, at which the Queen placed a wreath and was seen wiping her eyes.

A total of 32 members of the regiment have died in its service, including 19 from injuries sustained on operations, since it was formed almost 10 years ago.

The current unit was formed in July 2006 after an amalgamation of the King's Own Royal Border Regiment, the King's Regiment, and the Queen's Lancashire Regiment.

The Queen wore a blue coat and hat at the 20-minute service to dedicate the sculpture of the regiment's Lion Of England emblem at the National Memorial Arboretum.

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