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Jubilee: 60 Years of the Sovereign and Her SoldiersJubilee: 60 Years of the Sovereign and Her Soldiers

Jubilee: 60 Years of the Sovereign and Her Soldiers

Introduction

This exhibition looks at aspects of the relationship between the Royal Family and the British Army.

From earliest times a country’s ruler was usually its leader in war - that’s how they got to be ruler. Although it is over 250 years since a British sovereign last commanded troops on a battlefield, other aspects of this personal relationship still survive.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is both Head of State and Head of the Armed Services. When soldiers join the British Army they swear an Oath of Allegiance, not to the government of the day, but to The Queen and her successors.

Whether participating in ceremonial events, visiting troops on active service, operating as a regimental figurehead or actually serving in the Army themselves, members of the Royal Family provide a constant and visible link between the Sovereign and her soldiers.