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Royal British Legion: Prince Charles marks charity's 100th birthday Royal British Legion: Wreath-laying marks centenary
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Prince Charles releases video message to mark 100 years of Royal British Legion National President of the Royal British Legion Lieutenant General (Retired) James Bashall laid a wreath at the Cenotaph
The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to the "life-changing and often life-saving support" the Royal British Legion (RBL) provides to the Armed Forces, in a video message honouring the charity's 100th birthday. Wreaths have been laid at the Cenotaph to mark the 100th birthday of the Royal British Legion (RBL).
The charity marked the exact moment it was formed a century ago at 09:00 BST with the laying of wreaths at Whitehall in London and other parts of the UK.
The ceremony at the Cenotaph was led by retired Lieutenant General James Bashall, national president of the RBL.
The Prince of Wales earlier hailed the "life-changing and often life-saving support" it provides the Armed Forces.
Prince Charles said the RBL provided a "constant and reassuring presence" and an "unending commitment".Prince Charles said the RBL provided a "constant and reassuring presence" and an "unending commitment".
The RBL was formed exactly 100 years ago at 09:00 BST on Saturday. Prince Charles releases video message to mark 100 years of Royal British Legion
Wreathes will be laid at the Cenotaph in London and other parts of the UK. He said he had the "utmost admiration" for the RBL's ability to rally support for the Armed Forces and help grieving families.
Prince Charles said he had the "utmost admiration" for the RBL's ability to rally support for the Armed Forces and help grieving families.
"There are few organisations which hold a place at the heart of society in the way the RBL does," he said."There are few organisations which hold a place at the heart of society in the way the RBL does," he said.
"For 100 years, the RBL has been a constant, through the annual Poppy Appeal, leading the nation in remembrance, and providing a life-long commitment to every veteran and their families.""For 100 years, the RBL has been a constant, through the annual Poppy Appeal, leading the nation in remembrance, and providing a life-long commitment to every veteran and their families."
He offered his "sincere and heartfelt gratitude" to those who helped build the charity.He offered his "sincere and heartfelt gratitude" to those who helped build the charity.
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"Those who have served have an organisation that provides life-changing and often life-saving support, an organisation that speaks up on their behalf and an organisation that ensures their sacrifices shall never be forgotten," he added."Those who have served have an organisation that provides life-changing and often life-saving support, an organisation that speaks up on their behalf and an organisation that ensures their sacrifices shall never be forgotten," he added.
Other celebrity supporters to pay tribute to the RBL include Ross Kemp and Stephen Fry.Other celebrity supporters to pay tribute to the RBL include Ross Kemp and Stephen Fry.
Charles Byrne, the RBL's director general, said: "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."Charles Byrne, the RBL's director general, said: "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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