A Royal Guide To… The Armed Forces (Channel 4, Airdate: Saturday, 1 June 2024 at 7.00 p.m.)

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The Channel 4 series, A Royal Guide To, continues its exploration of the inner workings of the royal family with an episode, airing on Saturday 1 June, focused on their longstanding relationship with the armed forces. The royals have historically maintained a close connection to the military, with the king serving as the official head of the armed forces. This episode examines the traditions and ceremonies that bind the two institutions together.

The episode reveals that new military recruits must swear an oath of allegiance to the monarch, a tradition that underscores the loyalty and respect between the royals and the armed forces. While it is uncommon for modern monarchs to lead their armies into battle, as Queen Elizabeth I famously did, members of the royal family still actively serve in non-combative roles. For instance, Prince William flew a search and rescue helicopter during his military career.

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Beyond active service, the episode highlights the armed forces’ significant presence at royal ceremonies and their role in protecting the royal residences. From grand occasions to day-to-day security, the military plays an integral part in the royal family’s life, adding a sense of ceremony and tradition to their public and private lives.

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A Royal Guide To… The Armed Forces airs on Channel 4 on Saturday, 1 June 2024 at 7.00 p.m.

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