As host of this year’s national event, the city of Nottingham pulled out all the stops to ensure Saturday 29 June was a day to remember.
The fifth Armed Forces Day national event began with local reserve unit 100th (Yeomanry) Regiment Royal Artillery firing a volley of gun blasts in a ‘feu du joie’ – ‘fire of joy’ – from Nottingham Castle.
A spectacular tri-Service parade then stepped off and made its way from the Castle to the Old Market Square for a drumhead service attended by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
The Red Arrows, performing in their 49th display season, flew over Nottingham as the Armed Forces Day parade marched through the city centre.
As the drumhead service concluded, current and historic aircraft from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force filled the skies, including the RAF’s latest multi-role fast jet, the Typhoon.
Festivities then continued with a programme of exciting entertainment at Victoria Embankment, including a dynamic display by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines on the River Trent, and members of the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team mounting the colourful aerial display for which they are famous.
To close festivities, on a special visit to Nottingham, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery performed their celebrated Musical Ride with their troopers, horses and First World War guns.
The excitement wasn’t just confined to Nottingham, with hundreds of events taking place from the Orkney Islands in Scotland to Cowes on the Isle of Wight.