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IN PICTURES: Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day 2010 was celebrated by hundreds of thousands from Cardiff to Kajaki and from Edinburgh to the Falkland Islands this weekend.

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Armed Forces Day parade in Cardiff

Armed Forces Day parade in Cardiff [Picture: POA(Phot) Mez Merrill, Crown Copyright/MOD 2010]

From serving personnel and their families, to veterans and the Cadet Forces, the Armed Forces community has been at the heart of a celebration to mark the commitment given to the Nation by those in the Services.

The main event took place in Cardiff with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales taking the salute at a huge military parade which included a flypast by the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. In Edinburgh, which will host next year’s main event, Chief of the General Staff, General Sir David Richards, took part in the celebrations.

Troops on deployment out in Afghanistan said that the day was a huge boost for morale and they took part in many events themselves.

More than 350 events were held across the UK and more than 70,000 people are thought to have attended the Cardiff event alone.

See the Gallery at Related Links for more Armed Forces Day pictures taken by defence photographers.

Published 28 June 2010