Queen Elizabeth visits Gloucester
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth paid a visit to three military sites around Gloucester yesterday (05.11.15).
The 89-year-old monarch arrived in Gloucestershire, South West England, on Thursday morning to tour and officially open a new briefing room at the Ministry of Defence Office.
Barry Thompson told the BBC: “It was a great privilege to show her what we do in the Medal Office workshop. She was very interested in how the engraving machine works.”
The Queen then went on to the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC), which helps families deal with administrative challenges after a bereavement, where she opened up about her family’s search for the remains of her uncle Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who was killed in the First Wold War in northern France in 1915.
Mandy Drummond from the JCCC explained: “We felt so privileged that she came to visit. It was recognising the whole team, and recognising the families that we help.”
Her colleague Tracey Bowers added: “It was very humbling to show Her Majesty the good work we do for our service personnel and their families and what we do to honour those who have given their life in service of our country.”
Elizabeth later rounded up her trip by stopping by the headquarters of Nato’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), at Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, to tour the facility.