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June 20th 2017

East Midlands employers visit Trooping the Colour

Dinner at the RAF Club

Employers at the dinner laid on at the RAF Club

Employers from the East Midlands celebrated The Queen’s official birthday alongside Her Majesty on Saturday (17 June).

As a thank you for their support of the Armed Forces community in the region, the 19 employers were invited to attend the historic Trooping the Colour event at Horse Guards Parade.

Since the 17th century, regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies have paraded in the ceremony which has also marked the reigning monarch’s official birthday celebrations since 1748.

Employers in London

Employers in London

East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) invited the employers to witness the parade alongside Her Majesty after they had shown their support for forces personnel, veterans and their families.

This year’s parade was led by the 1st Battalion Irish Guards.

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director for the East Midlands said: “It is a wonderful event and a fantastic opportunity for the employers to witness a piece of history that otherwise may only be seen on TV.

“It provided a good opportunity to thank the employers for their support for the Armed Forces community; the feedback from them about the visit has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Feedback from employers:

Martin Traynor OBE, the Deputy Chairman of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, said: “It was a wonderful occasion that will live long in the memory. We’re delighted and proud to have had 15 reservists work for us over the last few years and the skills they have gained through their military training has been hugely beneficial to everyone connected with the Trust.”

Poppy Carter Mills, the Head of MOD Worked Based Learning at TQ Training based in Corby, said: “We were honoured and privileged to be able to attend the splendid occasion of Trooping the Colour 2017 and it was a magical day.

“It was the hottest day of the year but the straight lines and precision drill of the soldiers and the horses alike was remarkable.

“As if this wasn’t enough of a treat, after the ceremony we were very fortunate and humbled to be stood close to the gates at Buckingham Palace and to be in such close proximity of the Queen and the Royal Family as the RAF fly-past went overhead.”

“It is a wonderful event and a fantastic opportunity for the employers to witness a piece of history that otherwise may only be seen on TV."