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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attend a church service for Victoria Cross and George Cross holders

30th May 2012

The Prince and Duchess attend a reception for the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association

The Prince and Duchess attend a reception for the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall celebrated Britain's bravest military and civilian heroes today at a church service.

Their Royal Highnesses honoured past and present recipients of the Victoria Cross, the military's highest accolade, and the George Cross, which is awarded for acts of bravery by civilians, at the service in St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in London.

Crowds gathered outside the church to catch a glimpse of The Prince and Duchess as they arrived with some 800 guests.

The Prince, who is President of The Victoria Cross (VC) and George Cross (GC) Association, wore seven medals on his jacket, including the Diamond Jubilee medal to celebrate the Queen's 60 years on the throne.

Among those who attended was Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry, who suffered serious injuries during an act of bravery in 2004 which helped earn him the VC.

The Rt Rev Michael Hill told the congregation: "You have no idea how proud and humbled I feel standing before you today.

"The Victoria Cross and George Cross are small medals with huge significance. It is about people and their lives and their stories."

After the service, The Prince and Duchess attended a reception with 22 VC and GC holders at the Naval & Military Club, in St. James's Square, London.