Next week, the Duke of York will represent the Royal Family at the Armed Forces Day events set to be held in Guildford on Saturday 27th June.
Armed Forces Day is a national event. The events are held to celebrate and express gratitude for the contribution of the UK’s military, and to give thanks to both serving personnel and veterans, as well as their families.
Prince Andrew will take the salute as a splendid tri-service parade, made up of serving personnel, veterans and cadets, marches through the historic heart of Guildford town centre.
Following the parade, live action military displays will take place in Stoke Park. The event will include some spectacular flypasts, parachute displays, military bands, motorcycle displays, gymnastics shows and a battlefield demonstration. Some vintage military vehicles and aircrafts will be on display for viewing by the visitors, accompanied by demonstrations from the Royal Navy, Army and Air Force.
The event, which starts at 11:30 am, is expected to wrap up by 7:30 pm, and will be attended by over 60,000 people. There will be plenty of entertainment and live music throughout the day.
Nikki Nelson Smith, the Mayor of Guildford, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the Duke of York to Guildford for the Armed Forces Day national event. We are tremendously proud to be hosting such a magnificent event and hope that people from our local community, across the UK and abroad will join us for the celebrations.”
“Guildford has strong historic and present day links with the armed forces and so will be seen as a fitting location for these celebrations,” the Mayor added. “We look forward to you joining us to enjoy this special occasion in our lovely town.”
Armed Forces Week begins on Monday. It will be marked in Guildford by the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, who will take the Armed Forces Day flag across the town by air, water and land.
The flag’s journey begins at Stoke Park, where RAF personnel will deliver it in a Chinook helicopter. Two army Foxhound armoured vehicles and quad bikes will then meet the aircraft for the handover of the flag. Army cadets will travel to Dapdune Wharf, where they will pass the flag over to the Royal Navy.
Royal Navy personnel will transport the flag along the River Wey in inflatable boats to Town Wharf, and hand it over to three highly decorated representatives, one from each of the branches of the armed forces. They will accompany the flag up the High Street to the Guildhall, and the flag will complete its journey by being handed over to the Mayor. The Mayor will raise the flag from the balcony to fanfare by the Royal Marines.