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Forces personnel prepare to honour their Commander-in-Chief, one last time

CDS Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said, "planning has been going on for a very long time and we have the plans and now we have to execute them".

Military personnel prepare to honour their Commander-in-Chief for the last 70 years, one last time.

The UK's military chiefs have been told to "up their game" ahead of Her Majesty The Queen's funeral, the Chief of the Defence Staff, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin revealed.

Admiral Radakin told BBC's Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg that the number of personnel involved is "actually over 10,000 people in terms of both our soldiers, sailors and aviators, there will be about 6,000 as part of the procession and lining the route, both in London and Windsor".

"This is our last duty for Her Majesty the Queen"

On Friday, rehearsals for Her Majesty the Queen's funeral continued overnight in Windsor, where she will be laid to rest beside her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh.

It will be a career-defining day for the military personnel who are taking part in the Queen's funeral, before an expected record-breaking global audience.

Admiral Radakin said the soldiers taking part in the Queen's funeral will view it as their "last duty" to her.

He told Laura Kuenssberg's programme: "For all of us, this is our last duty for Her Majesty the Queen and it's our first prominent duty for His Majesty King Charles, and we're representing the nation, we're representing our mothers, our grandmothers, our fathers, our friends, and everybody's very, very aware of that."

Watch: Army rehearsals at Longmoor Camp for the Queen's funeral.

"We have the plans and now we have to execute them"

Admiral Radakin also praised the "enormous support effort" behind the planning of the event.

"The planning has been going on for a very long time and we have the plans and now we have to execute them and there's lots of brilliant people that are enabling that and it's coming together as well.

"So the Army, the Royal Navy, the Air Force, but also our civil servants, and we're helping other people in London, the emergency services, some of the volunteers as well...and so that this is a sombre occasion, but it's done with the utmost respect and also affection."

In total, about 4,000 military personnel will be on parade throughout the day of the funeral, including Commonwealth personnel. This number does not include logistics and other supporting staff.