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Prince William to open new remembrance centre at National Memorial Arboretum

A new engagement has been announced for His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge who will attend the official opening of a new Remembrance Centre in Staffordshire at the National Memorial Arboretum on 29 March.

As Royal Patron of the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal, Prince William will no doubt be pleased to have the opportunity to see the result of the Appeal’s major fundraising campaign. The visit will also allow Prince William the chance to personally thank all of the volunteers and project team who have worked tirelessly to bring the Remembrance Centre to life, most notably Major General Patrick Cordingey, Chair of the Appeal.

Led by the National Memorial Arboretum Appeal, the Remembrance Centre project received support from many individuals and organisations including lead supporters The Royal British Legion, Staffordshire County Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Rolls Royce and the Westminster Foundation. The new Centre features a cloistered courtyard garden, three new exhibition galleries and a larger restaurant and shop for visitors.

During the visit the Duke will have the opportunity to experience the immersive and interactive Landscapes of Life exhibition, which is at the heart of the new Centre and introduces visitors to the concept of Remembrance, stressing its importance.

At the exhibition the Duke will meet with local schoolchildren before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the royal visit. From there he will go to Heroes’ Square to meet with veterans from each of the Services and speak with them about their experiences.

Part of The Royal British Legion, the National Memorial Arboretum has fostered pride in the UK year round since 1997 when it became the nation’s centre of Remembrance. The ‘living and lasting memorial’ stands proudly as a place to honour the fallen and recognise the service and sacrifice of every man and woman who devotes their lives to the defence of UK freedom.

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