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Queen’s tears for fallen diggers

Strong emotions came over the Queen as she honoured fallen soldiers.

She normally puts on a steely front, but as Queen Elizabeth II paid respects to fallen soldiers yesterday morning, her strong emotions took over.

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Her Majesty was joined by wounded soldiers for a service that honoured those killed while serving in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

At the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, the Queen wiped away tears during the emotional service and laid a wreath that read the message: ‘In memory of the glorious dead. Elizabeth R’.

The Queen laid this wreath at the memorial

It is believed the only other time she has cried in public was in 1997 when the Royal Yacht Britannia was decommissioned.

While at the ceremony, she unveiled a bronze lion memorial, which is heralded the ‘Lion of England’. This is to commemorate the 32 who gave their lives serving in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment since it formed.

The new ‘Lion of England’ memorial

VIDEO: Watch the Queen lay a wreath for the fallen soldiers

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