Queen Elizabeth Pens a Personal Letter to Celebrate the U.K.'s Armed Forces Day

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While many members of the royal family have been able to resume in-person engagements, due to differing pandemic-era government guidelines for older people, Queen Elizabeth is still practicing social distancing at Windsor Castle—but that doesn't mean she's begged off her royal duties.

The British monarch has continued to find ways to connect with the public, as well as keeping up with responsibilities behind the scenes. In a new personal note to commemorate the U.K.'s Armed Forces Day, she did just that, reaching out to members of the military with a letter of gratitude. "Having had members of my family serve in each of the Armed Services, I know only too well of the pride service personnel take in their duty," she wrote. "As your Commander-in-Chief, I send my warmest best wishes to you all, your families, and the entire Armed Forces community."

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Photo credit: RICHARD POHLE - Getty Images

Read her message in full below.

The Duke of Edinburgh and I join many around the United Kingdom in celebrating Armed Forces Day, and the efforts of our military both at home and overseas.

Today provides an opportunity for thanks, and a recognition of the dedication and risks faced by those serving our nation. We also have cause to thank veterans, who continue to contribute to our way of life, long after they leave the Armed Forces.

Having had members of my family serve in each of the Armed Services, I know only too well of the pride Service personnel take in their duty. As your Commander-in-Chief, I send my warmest best wishes to you all, your families, and the entire Armed Forces community.

Elizabeth R.






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