Queen raises cash for war veterans

Queen Elizabeth has pledged more support for British soldiers returning home from war.

The monarch and other senior royals will put on a public display of support to show their concern over returning servicemen and women who end up homeless, sleeping rough or struggling to find work.

The queen, head of the British Armed Forces, is concerned about the plight of troops and other service personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

She has agreed to hold the first Royal Tattoo in May at royal residence Windsor Castle in honour of service personnel.

A spokesperson for the royals said: “The queen is concerned as a naval daughter, naval wife, and grandmother of two serving Army officers. The Queen would welcome any form of support for people coming back from the war zone.”

As part of the drive to support troops, Prince Charles held a private audience with Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, the chief of Defence Staff last week while his sons, Princes William and Harry, will host a City Salute concert and pageant on May 7 to raise money for injured service personnel returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.