The Queen visited Wellington Barracks on Friday morning to recognise and commemorate the sacrifices made and services given by Army Chaplains in conflicts past and present.
Her Majesty’s visit coincides with the centenary of the granting by King George V of the prefix ‘Royal’ to The Royal Army Chaplains’ Department (RAChD).
Formed in 1796, RAChD has ministered to soldiers & their families in times of war & peace for centuries.
It is the role of Chaplains to provide spiritual support, pastoral care & moral guidance to those who need it, irrespective of religious beliefs.
While at this engagement, The Queen attended a service to commemorate Army Chaplains.
In the foreword to the programme, the monarch said: “Today is an opportunity to reflect upon the service & dedication of Army Chaplains who have gone before, rising to the challenges of conflicts across the world, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of others.
“It is also right that we reflect on those Chaplains who have simply been there to walk alongside soldiers and their families in everyday life.”
Following the service, The Queen met with soldiers to hear first hand how chaplains have supported them.