HMS Collingwood band will play at royal wedding

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THE Royal Marines Band from HMS Collingwood will play in London on the day of the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.

The band will be in Parliament Square to mark the occasion on Friday, April 29.

The 2nd battalion of Hampshire’s army regiment, The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, will also feature among ceremonial military personnel playing key roles in the formal elements of the royal wedding.

Navy personnel from 21 ships and bases, including HMS Gloucester, HMS Illustrious, and HMS Liverpool will also be in the capital on the big day, the Ministry of Defence announced yesterday.

General Sir David Richards, chief of the defence staff, said: ‘I am delighted that so many members of Her Majesty’s armed forces have the opportunity to be part of the royal wedding. It is a huge honour for those servicemen and women taking part and one that they and their families will remember with great pride.’