Gibraltar

Royals continue Gibraltar Jubilee celebrations with Queen's Birthday Parade

Throughout their visit, Their Royal Highnesses have been celebrating the Queen's 70 years of service with the people of Gibraltar.

British Forces Gibraltar personnel continued the Jubilee celebrations by conducting Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Parade in the presence of The Earl and Countess of Wessex.

To mark Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee, the Earl and Countess of Wessex have been visiting Gibraltar on her behalf.

Today Prince Edward and his wife Sophie presented members of the emergency services with their Platinum Jubilee medals before thousands of onlookers packed Casemates Square to watch the Queen's Birthday Parade ceremony.

The parade was also attended by the Governor of Gibraltar, His Excellency Vice Admiral Sir David Steel KBE DL, the Chief Minister, The Hon Fabian Picardo QC MP, Commander British Forces, Commodore Steve Dainton and His Worship The Mayor of Gibraltar Christian Santos.

Throughout the visit, Their Royal Highnesses have been celebrating The Queen's 70 years of service with the people of Gibraltar.

Prince Edward and Sophie last visited Gibraltar to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

During their time in Gibraltar, The Earl and Countess aimed to recognise its communities, culture and history, as well as its links with the United Kingdom.

The visit has had a particular focus on promoting opportunities for young people and education. 

They arrived on Tuesday, where at Gibraltar's RAF base, they received a military welcome, with The Earl inspecting the Guard of Honour formed of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment.

His Royal Highness presented the Regiment with their new Colours at Windsor Castle in March, during their time on Guard Duty in London and Windsor.

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His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex presenting Jubilee Medals to representatives of the different Services stationed in Gibraltar (Picture: MOD Crown Copyright).

HM Naval Base

At Her Majesty’s Naval Base, His Royal Highness, who is Commodore in Chief of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, met crew members of RFA Argus.

His Royal Highness met Commander British Forces, Commodore Steve Dainton, Chief of Staff Colonel Ben Campbell-Colquhoun, Command Secretary Mrs Sarah Bayless and other senior members of staff within MOD Gibraltar.

The Earl of Wessex was escorted to the Tower Courtyard to meet HQ British Forces Tower staff, Joint Physical Development Unit, Joint Provost Security Unit and Civilian Human Resources personnel.

Prince Edward also met members of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, HMS Cutlass, Gibraltar Defence Police, Defence Guard Service and Royal Navy Diving Personnel.

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The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward speaking with members of RFA Argus (Picture: MOD Crown Copyright).