The Queen reopens the National Army Museum

Published 16 March 2017

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and The Duke of Kent, has reopened the National Army Museum after a three year redevelopment.

Through its objects and records of personal experience of soldiers, the museum tells the story of the British Army and how its actions are still relevant today.

The museum was founded by a Royal Charter in 1960 and retains its Royal connection with The Duke of Kent acting as its Patron.

The Queen was able to see the result of the £23.75 million redevelopment through the five new thematic galleries – Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight.

The new galleries provide a space to explore and discuss the British Army and its relevance to society from fashion to films to flood defences and, of course, conflict.

Included in the new display is Her Majesty's own uniform from when she held the honorary commission of Brigadier in the Women's Royal Army Corps (WRAC) 1949-1953.

During the visit The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duke of Kent had the opportunity to meet those who have helped create the museum's new galleries.

The visit concluded with The Queen officially reopening the Museum by unveiling a plaque that will commemorate today's events.

As The Queen departed she was presented with a posy of flowers from the children of British Army photographer Sergeant Rupert Frere.

The Queen is presented with a posy after reopening the National Army Museum