Afghanistan veteran with medals and child
8 November 2013

Her Majesty The Queen formally opens our new headquarters

Her Majesty The Queen, SSAFA’s Patron, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, formally opens the new headquarters of SSAFA.


Her Majesty The Queen formally opens our new headquarters

This morning Her Majesty The Queen, SSAFA’s Patron, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, formally opened the new headquarters of SSAFA at Queen Elizabeth House, St Dunstan's Hill, London.

The Queen and The Duke were received by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, President of SSAFA, who presented General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue, Chairman of SSAFA.

The Royal party were told of the current work of the charity before attending a reception where guests included beneficiaries, volunteers and staff from across SSAFA’s range of services.

The Queen unveiled a plaque to mark the opening and was presented with a badge to mark the 60 years of Her Majesty's support as Patron.

Finally, The Queen was presented with a posy by Harley Inns aged 6, sister of Rifleman Martin Kingett who died while serving in Afghanistan with A Company, 4th Battalion The Rifles (4 RIFLES), part of the 3 RIFLES Battle Group. The family are members of the SSAFA Support Group for Bereaved Families.