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THE Queen was vis­i­bly moved and shed a tear yes­ter­day as she joined wounded vet­er­ans and other Army per­son­nel to un­veil a me­mo­rial pay­ing trib­ute to sol­diers killed while serv­ing in an in­fantry reg­i­ment.

Fam­ily and friends of fallen sol­diers from the Duke of Lan­caster’s Reg­i­ment were among those at the ser­vice to un­veil a statue of the “Lion of Eng­land” fea­tured on its royal badge.

A to­tal of 32 mem­bers of the reg­i­ment have died in its ser­vice since it was formed in 2006 af­ter an amal­ga­ma­tion of the King’s Own Royal Border Reg­i­ment, the King’s Reg­i­ment, and the Queen’s Lan­cashire Reg­i­ment.

Af­ter the ser­vice of ded­i­ca­tion at the Na­tional Me­mo­rial Ar­bore­tum in Al­re­was, Staffs, the Queen placed a wreath be­low the statue, and praised the work of the me­mo­rial’s cre­ators.

The Queen chat­ted to stone­ma­son Nick John­son and sculp­tor Ge­orgie Welch, who crafted the lion from clay be­fore it was cast at a Glouces­ter­shire foundry.

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