July 2, 2022

Wreaths are laid at the Cenotaph in London to mark the formation of the Royal British Legion 100 years ago

Wreaths are laid at the Cenotaph in London to mark the exact moment the Royal British Legion was formed 100 years ago as ceremonies take place in cities and towns across the UK

  • The charity marked the exact moment of its formation 100 years ago at 9am today
  • Wreaths were laid in Whitehall in London and other cities, towns and villages
  • Representatives of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force and Merchant Navy laid wreaths at the Cenotaph
  • Prince Charles hailed charity’s ‘consistent’ support of the armed forces community

Wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion today.

The charity marked the exact moment of its formation 100 years ago at 9am Saturday with the laying of wreaths on Whitehall in London and other cities and towns across the UK.

Representatives of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force and Merchant Navy laid wreaths at the Cenotaph to replicate the same actions of a century ago.

The ceremony was led by retired Lt. Gen. James Bashall, National Chairman of the RBL.

Wreaths were laid at the Cenotaph (pictured) to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion today

The charity marked the exact moment of its formation 100 years ago at 9am on Saturday with the laying of wreaths (pictured) on Whitehall in London and other towns, cities and towns across the UK .

The charity marked the exact moment of its formation 100 years ago at 9am on Saturday with the laying of wreaths (pictured) on Whitehall in London and other towns, cities and towns across the UK .

The ceremony was led by retired Lt. Gen. James Bashall (pictured laying a wreath), who is the national chairman of the RBL

The ceremony was led by retired Lt. Gen. James Bashall (pictured laying a wreath), who is the national chairman of the RBL

In a video message to celebrate the charity’s centenary, the Prince of Wales hailed its “constant” support for the armed forces community.

Prince Charles said: “There are few organizations that hold a place at the heart of society like the Royal British Legion does.

“For a hundred years the Royal British Legion has been a constant, through the annual Poppy Appeal, leading the nation in remembrance and providing a lifelong commitment to every veteran and their families.

Representatives of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force and Merchant Navy laid wreaths at the Cenotaph to replicate the same actions of a century ago.  Pictured: Lieutenant General Bashall laying his wreath

Representatives of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force and Merchant Navy laid wreaths at the Cenotaph to replicate the same actions of a century ago. Pictured: Lieutenant General Bashall laying his wreath

A special RBL centenary coin will also be used for the FA Cup final draw between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley.  Pictured: A wreath laid today

A special RBL centenary coin will also be used for the FA Cup final draw between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley. Pictured: A wreath laid today

In a video message to celebrate the charity's centenary, the Prince of Wales (pictured) hailed its support

In a video message to celebrate the charity’s centenary, the Prince of Wales (pictured) hailed its ‘constant’ support for the armed forces community

‘So, above all, I wanted to express my sincere and warm gratitude to all those who have contributed to building this wonderful organization that we know today, and to all those who will be part of its future.’

Charles’ video has garnered many tributes from military personnel and members of the Armed Forces community, as well as celebrities such as Ross Kemp and Stephen Fry.

A special RBL centenary coin will also be used for the FA Cup final draw between Chelsea and Leicester City at Wembley.

Prince Charles (pictured) said:

Prince Charles (pictured) said: ‘There are few organizations which occupy a place at the heart of society like the Royal British Legion does’

RBL chief executive Charles Byrne said: “In this year of our centenary, we are firmly focused on our future.

“Our proud heritage and 100 years of experience serving the Armed Forces community have laid a solid foundation for an organization worthy of the next 100 years.

“We remain committed to our mission to ensure that those who have given so much for their country get the fair treatment, support and recognition they deserve.”

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