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The Queen and Princess Anne attend reception to celebrate female army veterans

Her Majesty The Queen was joined by her daughter the Princess Royal on Thursday evening as they attended an event in London to mark the Centenary of the Women’s Royal Navy Service and the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corp.

The Queen and the Princess were greeted on arrival by the Chairman of Army and Navy Club, Colonel Ian Paterson. Colonel Paterson escorted the Royal party inside where they met Commander Rosie Wilson, Chairman of the WRNS100 Project Group and Colonel Alison K Brown, Vice-President of the WRAC Association.

Among those in attendance at the event were retired female veterans who have served in the Royal Navy and the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corp.

Among those she met was a lady in her nineties who served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. Royal Correspondent Rebecca English noted on Twitter how the 91-year-old Monarch bent down so she could speak to the lady who was sat in a wheelchair.

Also during the visit, The Queen and Princess Anne viewed a collection of photographs which illustrated the progression of women serving in the Army from 1917 to the present day. The images were specially chosen to reflect the changing roles of women in the army over past century.

Before departing for Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty signed the visitors’ book so the occasion would be remembered for years to come.

This year marks the Centenary of both organisations. 100 years ago in 1917 during the first world war, women were recruited for service with the Army & Navy in a non-nursing capacity for the first time.

The Queen is Patron of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps which incorporates the Auxiliary Territorial Service, of which Her Majesty was previously a member.

Princess Anne is Admiral and Chief Commandant for Women in the Royal Navy and is also Patron of the WRNS Benevolent Trust, in addition to being Patron of the Association of Wrens and Patron of the WRNS100 Project.

The WRNS 100 project celebrates the history of the Women’s Royal Naval Service and also recognises the role of women serving today. Around 116 National and regional events will take place across the country, which will ultimately end in a Service at Portsmouth Cathedral in November.

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