Afghanistan Commemoration Service Led by the QueenA service is being held today at St Pauls in London to commemorate the 453 soldiers, airmen and sailors that have been killed in the 13 year long Afghanistan campaign. As well as the friends and families of those killed, others attending the service include the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge with his pregnant wife Kate, and Prince Harry.

The service began with a prayer, and went on to thank all of the 140,000 people that have contributed to the campaign, as well as thanking the civilians and civilian organisations that also helped. A parade will be held after the service is over, with veterans marching past St Paul’s Cathedral, accompanied by military bands, pipes and drums, where Prince Charles will take the royal salute. There will also be RAF aircrafts that will be flying through the skies of London. Tornado attack jets, as well as Hercules transport planes, will also be flying above London.

Tony Blair, who was the prime minister at the time when the Afghanistan campaign first began, was also at the service, but was seated to the side. Seated more prominently were Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and David Cameron. Captain Gary Barrow, who completed three tours of Afghanistan even after being injured by an RPG in his first tour, was there with his son, Tyler, who has a starring role in the service, where he will be giving a reading. He will be standing mere feet away from the Queen, and told the media that he gets quite nervous when it comes to public speaking.