On 9 March 2017, The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and several other members of the Royal Family will attend a Service of Dedication and the unveiling of the Iraq Afghanistan Memorial in Victoria Embankment Gardens. According to the press release from Buckingham Palace, this memorial is to “honour the service and duty of both British Armed Forces and civilians in the Gulf region, Iraq and Afghanistan and those who provided support at home from 1990 to 2015.”
The Service of Dedication will be held at 11 a.m. on Horse Guards Parade with a specially conducted Drumhead. Prior to the service will be music provided by military bands and the Metropolitan Police Choir. The 2,500 invited guests will consist of current service members, veterans, civil servants and representatives from charities – all from groups whose work is representative of this memorial. Following the Drumhead Service will be a short ceremony led by The Chaplain of the Fleet, The Venerable Ian Wheatley, The Chaplain General, The Reverend Doctor David Coulter and The Chaplain-in-Chief, The Venerable (Air Vice-Marshal) Jonathan Chaffey.
After the short ceremony on Horse Guards Parade, The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will travel to Victoria Embankment Gardens located next to the Ministry of Defence. Here another brief ceremony will take place. Her Majesty will then unveil the Iraq Afghanistan Memorial before meeting a select number of guests.
After the memorial is unveiled, a reception will be held for all the guests and members of the Royal Family on Horse Guards Parade. Other royals scheduled to attend this event include the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,Prince Harry, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent and Princess Alexandra. Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson and International Development Secretary, Priti Patel will also attend the day’s events.