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The Duchess of Cornwall visit to the Museum

On Sunday 2nd October, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the museum as an invited guest of 'DecAid' - which is a national, charity appeal that has been set up by students to raise money for service charities through the running of six high profile events during the summer of 2011. They hope to raise a minimum of £350,000 for their chosen service charities that help current and ex-servicemen and women, and their families, who have been affected by the conflict in Afghanistan since it began in 2001.

The Duchess attended a reception which was due to take place in the museums' Regimental Room but because of the hot weather, it was moved into the Wardrobe garden. She then walked from the museum to Salisbury Cathedral for a special service. A candle was lit for each of the 382 British service personnel who lost their life in Afghanistan.

The money raised by DecAid will be divided between two charities, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association Forces Help and the British Limbless Ex Service Men's Association.

The photograph on the left was taken by Assistant Curator Jackie Dryden and shows the Ducheess arriving at the museum and about to be greeted by Terry Daly, Chairman of the Museum Board of Trustees (pictured on the right).