British Army Celebrates Pride In London Credit: Sgt Rupert Frere RLC MoD Crown

The British Armed Forces has celebrated the outstanding commitment and contribution its LGBT+ personnel make to Defence. More than 200 Armed Forces and civilian defence personnel, led by the Band of the Welsh Guards, marched in this year’s Pride in London to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

However, for two soldiers it was an extra special day. British Army medic Corporal Damian Dagg proposed to Joshua Thorne from the Army Medical Services Band, who he met at the same event last year.

The question was popped in front of assembled troops from all three services and MoD civilian staff who had marched in the parade.


Two British Army soldiers are to be married after a proposal at Saturday's #Pride celebrations in London. Cpl Damian Dagg proposed to Joshua Thorne, who he met at the same event last year...

Posted by Forces News on Sunday, 9 July 2017


In a show of support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and LGBT+ Armed Forces staff, the Commander Field Army Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders, who is the Army's Diversity and Inclusivity Champion, also hosted an event on Saturday morning at the Union Jack Club for all Defence personnel taking part in the march. 

Pictures: Sgt Rupert Frere RLC / MoD Crown

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