Her Majesty The Queen and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will attend a reception to mark the Centenary of the Women’s Royal Naval Service and Women’s Auxiliary Army Corp
12th October 2017
Her Majesty The Queen accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will attend a reception at the Army and Navy Club to mark the Centenary of the Women’s Royal Navy Service and the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corp on 12th October 2017.
The Royal party will be met on arrival by the Chairman of Army and Navy Club, Colonel Ian Paterson. The Chairman will escort the Royal party inside and present Commander Rosie Wilson, Chairman of the WRNS100 Project Group and Colonel Alison K Brown, Vice-President of the WRAC Association.
The Queen and The Princess Royal will meet Senior Naval and Army members alongside veterans who joined the ATS in 1941 and worked at Bletchley Park until VE Day.
The photographic display The Queen and The Princess Royal will see in the Wellington Room charts the progression of women serving in the Army from 1917 to the current day. The images have been chosen to reflect the changing roles and the widening of opportunities for women over the last 100 years.
Her Majesty The Queen is Patron of the WRAC Association (Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps) which incorporates the WAAC (renamed the QMAAC ‘Queen Mary Army Auxiliary Corps’ in 1918). The WRAC Association also incorporates the ATS, of which Her Majesty was a member.
WRNS 100 in 2017 is to celebrate the formation and history of the Women’s Royal Naval Service and to recognize the role of women in the Royal Navy today. It will celebrate the valuable work still done by the WRNS Benevolent Trust and the Association of Wrens. Some 116 National and regional events are planned culminating in a Service at Portsmouth Cathedral in November. A Commemorative Stone marking the formation of the WRNS and all the women of the Naval Services will be dedicated as part of the Service.
The Princess Royal is Patron and supporter of the WRNS Benevolent Trust, Patron of the Association of Wrens and is also the Patron of the WRNS100 Project. She is Admiral and Chief Commandant for Women in the Royal Navy.
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