A wonderful royal day across Birmingham saw the Duke of Cambridge arrive outside Baskerville house, the Xmas market and members of the armed forces and emergency services were all in attendance alongside many flagwaving people of birmingham. The Duke was gracious in his time with everyone including the Lord Mayor, Bishop of Birmingham, Brigadier and High Sheriff while the Vice Lord Lieutenant escorted him to the hall of memory.
The band awaited and as the Duke took his place the Lord Mayor welcomed him and announced to the crowds the commemoration of those 10 men who fell in the 2nd ww and were awarded the Victoria Cross. Birmingham saw one of the largest casualty counts of the First World War, with over 12,000 citizens losing their lives in the conflict. The last post was played by the lone bugler and the bishop blessed us all.
Bishop David led the prayer for those awarded the victoria cross
The Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath at the Hall of Memory and proceeded to witness the unveiling of the stones.
On the way to his next engagement in Saltley the Duke received cards and gifts and chatted to many children and a surprised stall holder!
Prince William travelled on to the Football For Peace awards in Saltley School East Birmingham – more soon