The Queen at ceremony of the keys
Armed Forces Day 2020

Armed Forces Day 2020: Queen Thanks British Military Personnel

Her Majesty said Armed Forces Day provides and "opportunity for thanks, and a recognition of the dedication" of those serving the UK.

The Queen at ceremony of the keys

The Queen, Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, has sent her thanks to Britain's military personnel both at home and overseas to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

"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," Her Majesty said.

"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."

This year's national Armed Forces Day event was due to be hosted in Scarborough, but it was postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The town will instead host the 2021 national event.

The public are instead being encouraged to follow Armed Forces Day 2020 virtually.

To mark Armed Forces Day 2020, we have taken a look back at the work of the British military in the past year.