The Queen shares cake with World War II veteran to celebrate his 100th birthday

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The Queen celebrated the 100th birthday of a World War II veteran on Thursday (8 June) and presented him with a special honour.

Queen Camilla joined Lieutenant Michael de Burgh of the Royal Lancers for a glass of champagne over a birthday cake to celebrate him turning 100 years old this weekend, and to present him with a medal.

Her Majesty presented Mr de Burgh with the Buchan Medal, which is a Regimental honour. The day also marked the official appointment of the Queen as the Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Lancers.

The appointment is especially significant as the Queen has a special family connection with the regiment, as explained in a post on the Royal Family's official social media.

"Her Majesty’s father, the late Major Bruce Shand, served with the 12th Lancers during World War II," read a caption alongside a video clip of the Queen and the Lieutenant clinking glasses before cutting into the cake. For the visit, Queen Camilla wore a long sleeve midi dress in bold blue and said a toast, "To the Royal Lancers".

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The Royal Lancers also shared a photograph from the day and said that the appointment of the Queen was "splendid news" for the Regiment.

They also explained that, Lieutenant Michael de Burgh served as a tank Troop Leader with the 9th Lancers throughout the Italian campaign, and was wounded in April 1945, just fourteen days before victory in Europe was achieved."

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