Celebrating the Centenary of the Royal British Legion

Published 12 October 2021

The Queen, accompanied by The Princess Royal, attended a Service of Thanksgiving to mark the Centenary of this unique organisation which supports British and Commonwealth Armed Forces veterans.

 

Her Majesty and Her Royal Highness joined a congregation representing groups who have been supported by the Legion over the past one hundred years serving members of the Armed Forces, including veterans and their families, as well as supporters, staff and volunteers. The service, held at Westminster Abbey,  highlighted the Royal British Legion’s enduring legacy built over the last century, its ongoing work supporting and commemorating those from the UK and Commonwealth communities who serve, or have served, in the Armed Forces, and the charity’s focus on the future as it looks ahead to the next hundred years.  

During the service, led by the Dean of Westminster, The Princess Royal gave a reading and the Legion’s National President led the Act of Rededication, reaffirming the organisation’s commitment to its work and service. Readings were also given by members of the Armed Forces community. 

The Royal British Legion has been celebrating its 100th Anniversary throughout 2021 with a special programme of activity, paying tribute to those who have contributed to its  history and celebrating with the communities across the UK and around the world who are at its heart. 

Background 

The Legion was founded on 15 May 1921, when representatives of the four national organisations of ex-Serviceman came together at the Cenotaph to create the British Legion. Born in the aftermath of the First World War, the charity’s founding mission was to fight for the rights of those who had given so much and come back to so little.

Today, with 100 years of experience, the Legion provides lifelong care and support to all serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.