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The Queen to re-open National Army Museum

The Queen, alongside the Duke of Edinburgh, will re-open the National Army Museum in London on the 16th of March.

The National Army Museum has been undergoing a complete three-year, £23.75 million re-development. The museum is now made up of five different themed galleries: Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight. Each gallery provides a unique space to explore and discuss the British Army and its relevance to society from fashion and films to the work the army do in disaster response and conflict.

The Queen will arrive with the Duke of Edinburgh, who will then be introduced to several senior members of the museum by the Duke of Kent.

The Duke will introduce them to General Richard Sheriff, the museum chairman, as well as Mrs Janice Murray, the museum director, and the Mayor of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr. Elizabeth Rutherford. They will also be introduced to General Sir Nicholas Carter who is Chief of the General Staff.

The royal party will then take a tour of the first gallery of the museum. During the tour, The Queen will view her own uniform from when she held an honorary commission of Brigadier in the Women’s Royal Army Corps in 1949-1953.

After touring the gallery, they will then meet donors in the cafe and then meet staff and volunteers of the project outside the Soldier gallery.

Speeches will be made in the atrium by the Chief of the General Staff and Sir Peter Luff who is the Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund which sponsored the re-development project.

Sir Peter will invite The Queen to re-open the National Army Museum, and a plaque will be unveiled. On the royals departure, they will receive a posy from a child of a serving member of the Armed Forces.

The museum was established in 1960 for the purpose of preserving objects from the Land Forces of the British Crown. It explores the army’s role as “protector, aggressor and peacekeeper from the British Civil Wars to the modern day.” The museum hopes to tell the story of the British Army with things such as personal experiences from serving forces.

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