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Queen reunited with Korean war hero

An old soldier who was decorated by the Queen for heroism during the Korean War has spoken of his pride at being reunited with the royal almost 60 years later.

Arthur Pembroke, 83, met the monarch when she honoured Australia's top officer training academy by presenting the institution with new colours.

The former officer from Sydney had the added joy of proudly watching his granddaughter Harriet Pembroke, 26, take part in the parade ground ceremony.

Mr Pembroke chatted to the monarch during a garden party held after she had presented new Queen's colours and Regimental colours to the Royal Military College, Duntroon, based in Canberra.

The ex-officer, who received the Military Cross from the Queen during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony in 1953, said: "She impressed me a great deal and has right from the time I (first) met her.

"Her dedication and loyalty and determination to carry out her duty as she sees it, I think it is the sort of thing we have always admired."

Commenting on the Queen's tour of Australia at the age of 85 with the Duke of Edinburgh, he joked: "I had enough trouble driving up from Sydney but her coming is a remarkable feat and shows she's very dedicated."

Mr Pembroke earned the gallantry honour when a Lieutenant platoon commander attached to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.

He led his men through six days and nights of fighting, capturing a piece of high ground and holding it for 48 hours against a fierce Chinese counter attack and heavy artillery and mortar fire.

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