The Queen

Princess Anne thanks military personnel for involvement in the Queen's funeral

The Princess Royal has met and thanked military personnel for their involvement in the late Queen's funeral.

Princess Anne, as Commodore-in-Chief Portsmouth, on Thursday personally and specifically requested to meet with the Royal Navy personnel who took part in the funeral procession.

Her Royal Highness met the personnel at HMS King Alfred inside Portsmouth Naval Base.

Royal Navy personnel pulling the Queen's coffin during the funeral procession
Royal Navy personnel pulling the Queen's coffin during the funeral procession (Picture: MOD).

Anne spent over an hour with the sailors, officers, Royal Marines band men and women and civilians who played their part in Queen Elizabeth's funeral.

More than a thousand sailors and Royal Marines were on duty at the funeral on Monday, alongside Royal Air Force and British Army personnel.

In her role as Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Logistic Corps and Royal Corps of Signals, she later travelled to Aldershot to meet personnel from across the Corps who played a key role in providing logistical support for the funeral and other associated ceremonial duties.

Watch: The Princess Royal spends time thanking personnel from the Royal Corps of Signals.

Meanwhile, The Earl of Wessex this week visited troops on deployment in Estonia and Germany to recognise their service to King and country as well as their commitment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth throughout her life.

Edward, in his role as Royal Colonel of 2nd Battalion The Rifles and Royal Honorary Colonel of the Royal Wessex Yeomanry, arrived in Tallin, Estonia on Wednesday evening ahead of a Thursday visit to Camp Tapa military base.

He met with 2 Rifles personnel to thank them for their vital support to UK military operations, their service to the Queen during her time as Commander-in-Chief, and their commitment to King Charles as Head of the Armed Forces.

The Earl then travelled to Paderborn, Germany to visit troops on deployment from the Royal Wessex Yeomanry at the Normandy Barracks and paid tribute to the ongoing service of the armed forces stationed abroad.

In an Instagram post shared by the Royal Family, they said: "The Earl met residents and viewed tributes to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth from the local community.

"In remembrance of Her Majesty's visit in 1977, His Royal Highness also added his signature to the Town Hall's Golden Book."

Watch: Military says final goodbye to Commander-in-Chief with leading role in Queen Elizabeth's funeral.

The Royal visits took place as Australia held a national day of mourning for the Queen, with a national memorial service taking place at Parliament House in Canberra.

The Royal Family is continuing its period of mourning for the Queen, to be observed until seven days after the funeral.

Members of the Royal Family are not expected to carry out official engagements, and flags at royal residences will remain at half-mast until 8 am on Tuesday – after the final day of royal mourning.

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