The special relationship between the monarch and military

The Queen's time as head of the Armed Forces "bred an extraordinary emotional connection between individual servicemen and women".

Her Majesty The Queen and her Armed Forces shared a close relationship that lasted a lifetime.

Former Army Officer and Ministry of Defence (MOD) advisor Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Sir Simon Mayall told Forces News that being part of Her Majesty's Armed Forces has been a "source of great inspiration" and "great pride".

"The words 'God, Queen and country' are not simply a slogan, they are the guiding principles by which we measure our service," he added.