Queen’s thanks for military’s tribute

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THE Queen has written a letter of thanks to the armed forces following the parade and muster in honour of her Diamond Jubilee.

Around 500 Royal Navy personnel – many based around Portsmouth – were involved in the event at Windsor Castle last weekend.

In her letter, Her Majesty wrote: ‘I send my thanks, admiration and pleasure for the Parade and Muster for my Diamond Jubilee and my congratulations to all who took part including the bands for their music, and those in the very impressive fly-past.

‘It was a very moving tribute from all three services and the large watching crowds from far and wide reflect the interest and importance attached to the armed services of today.’

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh watched with pride as thousands of troops paraded through Windsor.

Crowds of onlookers wearing red, white and blue lined the town’s streets to greet members of the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force as they marched past.

It was the first in a series of jubilee events this summer.