Tea and Medals, meeting a bunch of actual heroes

September 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A while back I was off down to London District for a few days to help out with Sgt Rupert Frere with a few tasks and this was one of them.

The Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall attended a service and tea party in support of the Victoria Cross and George Cross association.

There were a few different working parts of this event Rupert was on the first part at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church and I was on the group photo afterwards.

 

I went down about half hour ahead of time to set up my gear. I used two SB900 Speedlights with Lastolite softboxes fired by Pocketwizards. 
 
THE PRINCE OF WALES & DUCHESS OF CORNWALL ATTEND SERVICE AND TEA PARTY IN SUPPORT OF THE VICTORIA CROSS & GEORGE CROSS ASSOCIATION   
 
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a service of remembrance and re-dedication at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, honouring Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients.
 
After the service The Prince of Wales who is President of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association and The Duchess, joined members and their guests at a tea party at St James’s Palace in support of the Association.
 
The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association represent all living holders of the Victoria Cross, the United Kingdom’s highest military award bestowed to those who have shown valour in the face of the enemy.  Among those attending the event was Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey VC of the 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment, who was presented with his Victoria Cross for heroic action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan by Her Majesty The Queen last year.
 
The George Cross is awarded to civilians and military personnel who have displayed the greatest heroism or the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger.


Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright 2016


The settings were-

Focal Length- 28mm
ISO: 1000
Aperture: 8
Shutter: 1/125
Speedlights: 1/4 power each

I was happy with how the exposure was and waited for everyone to arrive.
 
 
THE PRINCE OF WALES & DUCHESS OF CORNWALL ATTEND SERVICE AND TEA PARTY IN SUPPORT OF THE VICTORIA CROSS & GEORGE CROSS ASSOCIATION   
 
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a service of remembrance and re-dedication at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, honouring Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients.
 
After the service The Prince of Wales who is President of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association and The Duchess, joined members and their guests at a tea party at St James’s Palace in support of the Association.
 
The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association represent all living holders of the Victoria Cross, the United Kingdom’s highest military award bestowed to those who have shown valour in the face of the enemy.  Among those attending the event was Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey VC of the 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment, who was presented with his Victoria Cross for heroic action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan by Her Majesty The Queen last year.
 
The George Cross is awarded to civilians and military personnel who have displayed the greatest heroism or the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger.


Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright 2016
This is the final group shot. 
 


It was surreal being in front of all these people. Actual heroes and Royalty. Prince Charles even came up to me and shook my hand!

I had heard and read stories about these people before and it was a honour to be in their presence. 

Later that evening we had a few drinks with them at the Union Jack Club.
 
 
THE PRINCE OF WALES & DUCHESS OF CORNWALL ATTEND SERVICE AND TEA PARTY IN SUPPORT OF THE VICTORIA CROSS & GEORGE CROSS ASSOCIATION   
 
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a service of remembrance and re-dedication at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, honouring Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients.
 
After the service The Prince of Wales who is President of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association and The Duchess, joined members and their guests at a tea party at St James’s Palace in support of the Association.
 
The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association represent all living holders of the Victoria Cross, the United Kingdom’s highest military award bestowed to those who have shown valour in the face of the enemy.  Among those attending the event was Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey VC of the 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment, who was presented with his Victoria Cross for heroic action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan by Her Majesty The Queen last year.
 
The George Cross is awarded to civilians and military personnel who have displayed the greatest heroism or the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger.


Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright 2016
Prince Charles and Camila speak to the recipents during the tea
 
THE PRINCE OF WALES & DUCHESS OF CORNWALL ATTEND SERVICE AND TEA PARTY IN SUPPORT OF THE VICTORIA CROSS & GEORGE CROSS ASSOCIATIONTHE PRINCE OF WALES & DUCHESS OF CORNWALL ATTEND SERVICE AND TEA PARTY IN SUPPORT OF THE VICTORIA CROSS & GEORGE CROSS ASSOCIATIONTHE PRINCE OF WALES & DUCHESS OF CORNWALL ATTEND SERVICE AND TEA PARTY IN SUPPORT OF THE VICTORIA CROSS & GEORGE CROSS ASSOCIATION   
 
Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a service of remembrance and re-dedication at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, honouring Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients.
 
After the service The Prince of Wales who is President of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association and The Duchess, joined members and their guests at a tea party at St James’s Palace in support of the Association.
 
The Victoria Cross and George Cross Association represent all living holders of the Victoria Cross, the United Kingdom’s highest military award bestowed to those who have shown valour in the face of the enemy.  Among those attending the event was Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey VC of the 1st Battalion the Parachute Regiment, who was presented with his Victoria Cross for heroic action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan by Her Majesty The Queen last year.
 
The George Cross is awarded to civilians and military personnel who have displayed the greatest heroism or the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger.


Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright 2016
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