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The Prince of Wales thanks Britain’s Armed Forces in Christmas message


Photo: Charlie Proctor / Royal Central

The Prince of Wales gave his thanks to Britain’s Armed Forced in a special Christmas message. The video was taken at Highgrove House, where the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall are spending the Christmas holiday.

During his video message, the Prince praised the armed forces’ efforts.

“As we near the end of this most extraordinary and difficult of years, I particularly wanted to pay tribute to each and every one of you, and your families, for your continued service, dedication to duty, and sacrifice.

“You set us all a remarkable example for which you are owed immense gratitude.”

Currently, more than 1,388 military personnel are deployed on 53 different tasks related to the coronavirus. The Vaccine Taskforce is being asked to deliver community testing for Tier 3 efforts.

Under Tier 3, you must not meet socially indoors, or outdoors with anyone you do not live with. Groups no larger than six are allowed indoors or in private gardens. And, non-essential shops must close as well as hairdressers, and indoor entertainment venues.

If you break restrictions, you can be given a fixed penalty notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold or are involved in holding an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.

The Prince, who had the coronavirus in March, also recognised the sacrifices service personnel have made this year with spending extended time away from their families and extended periods of isolation and deployment.

“This exemplary commitment to public service is a real hallmark of our armed forces and provides a distinct sense of reassurance to our nation, which is greatly appreciated, I can assure you.”

During the festive period, 6.400 servicemen and women were deployed on 39 operations across 46 countries. As part of the UK’s resilience operations, thousands will be deployed and on-hand this Christmas.

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My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.