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Prince William officially opens new Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum

Prince William has officially opened a new Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum

The Remembrance Centre at the National Memorial Arboretum

The Duke of Cambridge met representatives from all three armed services at the Alrewas site before taking a tour with local schoolchildren and volunteers.

He also unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the new £15.7million centre.

The royal visit follows a major fundraising campaign to expand the arboretum’s facilities.

Staffordshire County Council provided £3million towards the project and chief executive John Henderson, who also served in the armed services, said: “We are incredibly proud to have the National Memorial Arboretum here and it’s wonderful to be able to welcome Prince William to open the new facilities.

“The Arboretum is now very much a world class centre of remembrance and a symbolic place to learn and commemorate and we look forward to welcoming many more visitors to the site.

“It’s important that we remember and honour all those brave members of our armed forces who have given up their lives for our freedom.”

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