The RNA has had a busy week of Remembrance. The GS and NCH were joined by the Chaplain of the Fleet (Ven Ian Wheatley CB QHC) and 50 shipmates at the Field of Remembrance. S/M Keith Ridley met and briefed Prince Harry. Afterwards we had a short service of Remembrance.
GS and Mrs Carol Gibbon (Chair of Assoc of WRNS) then had to hot foot it to Wellington Barracks for a rehersal for the main Remembrance Day Parade at the Cenotaph. Our NCH had invited Carol to lay the great anchor wreath on behalf of all naval veterans, in the WRNS 100th year.
The Parade at the Cenotaph went well after fighting through tight security. We were ushered to a waiting point in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and eventually taken down to the main door, marching out onto Whitehall.
A long and cold wait - without the ability to scratch your nose because of all the cameras. Carol laid the wreath with great elegance and dignity. We resumed to the FCO and a reception while the main Parade kept us locked in.
We had a lovely long chat with Sir Phillip Jones KCB, the First Sea Lord and his lovely wife Lady Elizabeth. Afterwards we met the RNA contingent at the Civil Service Club - where they had finished all the chips and sandwiches!!
A great day of comradeship and remembering all those shipmates who have given service in our wonderful Royal Navy.