Queen and PM hail servicemen and women on Armed Forces Day

The Queen and the Prime Minister have saluted the work of British servicemen and women, as the country marks Armed Forces Day while under coronavirus lockdown.

The Red Arrows left a trail of red, white and blue smoke as they performed a flypast in North Yorkshire on Saturday morning as part of this year's more muted celebrations.

The Hawk fast-jets took to the skies above the coastal town of Scarborough which had been due to host an event which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the Queen thanked the country's armed forces, saying: "Having had members of my family serve in each of the Armed Services, I know only too well of the pride service personnel take in their duty.

"As your Commander-in-Chief, I send my warmest best wishes to you all, your families, and the entire Armed Forces community."

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ARABIAN SEA, OMAN - OCTOBER 23: 40 Commando, Royal Marines prepare before heading from RFA Lyme Bay on a night time raid as part of exercise 'Saif Sareea 3' on October 23, 2018 in the Arabian Sea, Oman. 2018 has been a busy year for the British military as 5500 Regular British military personnel and Reserves from the Navy, Army and Air Force joined 60000 of their Omani counterparts train across the country in Exercise Saif Sareea (SS3) - meaning Swift Sword in Arabic. The UK has a long and established defence relationship with Oman and SS3 underpinned the UK’s commitment to international allies and the ability to conduct a strategic deployment of a war fighting force to the Middle East. Running concurrently to SS3, tri-force troops joined 50000 military personnel from 31 countries in central and eastern Norway for the NATO-led Exercise Trident Juncture 18 (TRJE18). The objective of TRJE 18 being that NATO forces are trained to operate together ready to respond to threats from any direction. HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's newest aircraft carrier, returns to her home port of Portsmouth next week in time for Christmas. During the past few months the ship has completed sea trials in the Atlantic Sea and successfully tested her capability to land the F-35 Fighter Jets on deck. By 2021 HMS Queen Elizabeth should be deployed on global operations. It can be said that the British military is operating and co-operating on a truly global stage. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Undated handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of UK F-35B Lightning jets during a refuelling exercise with an RAF Voyager over the skies of Charleston on the East coast of the United States of America.
ARABIAN SEA, OMAN - OCTOBER 23: Soldiers from 40 Commando, Royal Marines prepare to head out from RFA Lyme Bay on a night time raid as part of exercise 'Saif Sareea 3' on October 23, 2018 in the Arabian Sea, Oman. 2018 has been a busy year for the British military as 5500 Regular British military personnel and Reserves from the Navy, Army and Air Force joined 60000 of their Omani counterparts train across the country in Exercise Saif Sareea (SS3) - meaning Swift Sword in Arabic. The UK has a long and established defence relationship with Oman and SS3 underpinned the UK’s commitment to international allies and the ability to conduct a strategic deployment of a war fighting force to the Middle East. Running concurrently to SS3, tri-force troops joined 50000 military personnel from 31 countries in central and eastern Norway for the NATO-led Exercise Trident Juncture 18 (TRJE18). The objective of TRJE 18 being that NATO forces are trained to operate together ready to respond to threats from any direction. HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's newest aircraft carrier, returns to her home port of Portsmouth next week in time for Christmas. During the past few months the ship has completed sea trials in the Atlantic Sea and successfully tested her capability to land the F-35 Fighter Jets on deck. By 2021 HMS Queen Elizabeth should be deployed on global operations. It can be said that the British military is operating and co-operating on a truly global stage. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LYMPSTONE, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Two Royal Navy Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopters depart The Royal Marines Commando Training Centre after transporting Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex for a visit on September 13, 2018 in Lympstone, England. The Duke arrived at the centre in a Royal Navy Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter for his first visit in his role as Captain General Royal Marines. He met with new recruits undergoing training as well as the Invictus Games Racing Team. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ARABIAN SEA, OMAN - OCTOBER 23: Personnel from 40 Commando, Royal Marines listen to instructions before heading from RFA Lyme Bay on a night time raid as part of exercise 'Saif Sareea 3' on October 23, 2018 in the Arabian Sea, Oman. 2018 has been a busy year for the British military as 5500 Regular British military personnel and Reserves from the Navy, Army and Air Force joined 60000 of their Omani counterparts train across the country in Exercise Saif Sareea (SS3) - meaning Swift Sword in Arabic. The UK has a long and established defence relationship with Oman and SS3 underpinned the UK’s commitment to international allies and the ability to conduct a strategic deployment of a war fighting force to the Middle East. Running concurrently to SS3, tri-force troops joined 50000 military personnel from 31 countries in central and eastern Norway for the NATO-led Exercise Trident Juncture 18 (TRJE18). The objective of TRJE 18 being that NATO forces are trained to operate together ready to respond to threats from any direction. HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's newest aircraft carrier, returns to her home port of Portsmouth next week in time for Christmas. During the past few months the ship has completed sea trials in the Atlantic Sea and successfully tested her capability to land the F-35 Fighter Jets on deck. By 2021 HMS Queen Elizabeth should be deployed on global operations. It can be said that the British military is operating and co-operating on a truly global stage. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales sits in front of the Royal Liver Building after it docked in Liverpool for a week-long visit to the city.
HMS Duncan, the sixth and final Type 45 destroyer, at Alexandra docks in Cardiff, where British Royal Navy ships are moored ahead of the Nato summit in Newport, Wales.
TRONDHEIM, NORWAY - OCTOBER 27: Members of the British Army Royal Irish Battle Group prepare to board a US Army Chinook helicopter to fly to recce a number of locations during pre-exercise integration training on October 27, 2018 in Haslemoen, Norway. 2018 has been a busy year for the British military with troops joining 50000 military personnel from 31 countries in central and eastern Norway for the NATO-led Exercise Trident Juncture 18 (TRJE18). The objective being that NATO forces are trained to operate together ready to respond to threats from any direction. Concurrently to Trident Juncture, 5500 British military personnel and Reserves from the Navy, Army and Air Force joined 60000 of their Omani counterparts train across the country in Exercise Saif Sareea (SS3). The UK has a long and established defence relationship with Oman and SS3 underpinned the UK’s commitment to international allies and the ability to conduct a strategic deployment of a war fighting force to the Middle East. HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's newest aircraft carrier, returns to her home port of Portsmouth next week in time for Christmas. During the past few months the ship has completed sea trials in the Atlantic Sea and successfully tested her capability to land the F-35 Fighter Jets on deck. By 2021 HMS Queen Elizabeth should be deployed on global operations. It can be said that the British military is operating and co-operating on a truly global stage. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Undated handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of UK F-35B Lightning jets during a refuelling exercise with an RAF Voyager over the skies of Charleston on the East coast of the United States of America.
File photo dated 20/01/16 of vanguard-class submarine HMS Vigilant (front right), one of the UK's four nuclear warhead-carrying submarines. The Whitehall spending watchdog has warned poor management of the infrastructure to build and maintain Britain�s Trident nuclear deterrent has led to years of delays and cost overruns of more than �1 billion.
Work continues on HMS Anson, the fifth Astute-class nuclear-powered fleet submarine of the Royal Navy, at BAE Systems, Burrow-in-Furness.
Members of the Royal Navy at a training facility for submarine navigation teams at HM Naval Base Clyde, also known as Faslane, ahead of a visit by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.
Undated handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of UK F-35B Lightning jets during a refuelling exercise with an RAF Voyager over the skies of Charleston on the East coast of the United States of America.
Members of the Royal Navy respond to a simulated fire in a Vanguard-class submarine control room simulator at a training facility in HM Naval Base Clyde, also known as Faslane, ahead of a visit by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.
A nuclear submarine is seen at the Royal Navy's submarine base at Faslane, Scotland, August 31, 2015. The UK government is considering nationalising the nuclear submarine business of Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC, which powers its Trident missile deterrent system, the Financial Times reported. The government may also decide to merge some or all parts of Rolls Royce's businesses with BAE Systems, the FT said. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
Weapons Engineer Woods holds the Weapons Engineer Officers Tactical Trigger, that would be used in the final stage of a nuclear missile launch, on board Vanguard-class submarine HMS Vigilant, one of the UK's four nuclear warhead-carrying submarines, at HM Naval Base Clyde, also known as Faslane, ahead of a visit by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.
Undated handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of UK F-35B Lightning jets during a refuelling exercise with an RAF Voyager over the skies of Charleston on the East coast of the United States of America.
The Weapons Engineer Officers Tactical Trigger, that would be used in the final stage of a nuclear missile launch, on board Vanguard-class submarine HMS Vigilant, one of the UK's four nuclear warhead-carrying submarines, at HM Naval Base Clyde, also known as Faslane, ahead of a visit by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.
Gdynia, Poland 19th. April 2019 HMS Westminster (F237) British Royal Navy frigate is seen . Six NATO SNMG1 (Standing NATO Maritime Group One) warships from Poland, USA, UK, Turkey, Spain and Germany arrived to Gdynia to stock up and spent Easter. (Photo by Vadim Pacajev /Sipa USA)
The ships company aboard Royal Canadian Navy vessel HMCS St. John's watch as a flotilla of boats accompany the MV Boudicca as it sets sail for Normandy from Portsmouth, during commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
HMS Forth, the first of the Royal Navy's next generation offshore patrol ships arrives for the first time at her home base in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Members of the ship's company during the commissioning of HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's biggest and most powerful warship, into the Royal Navy Fleet at Portsmouth Naval Base.
File photo dated 16-08-2017 of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the UK's newest aircraft carrier. Britain's new aircraft carriers will not carry amphibious assault craft and so the country will lose the ability to land ships on enemy-held beaches if reported cuts to the existing Royal Navy fleet go ahead, MPs have heard.
Royal Navy personnel carry out their duties aboard the Royal Fleet Auxillary Argus, docked in Falmouth, as the ships crew prepare to set sail on Friday October 17th to Sierra Leone, Africa, to assist with the Ebola epidemic.
Members of the media film as Royal Navy personnel carry out their duties aboard the Royal Fleet Auxillary Argus, docked in Falmouth, as the ships crew prepare to set sail on Friday October 17th to Sierra Leone, Africa, to assist with the Ebola epidemic.
Royal Navy personnel conduct an overall weapons test and check radar displays in the Operations Room onboard HMS Edinburgh during the ship's farewell tour of the UK heading for Leith, Edinburgh, where the Royal Navy's last Type 42 Destroyer will make her very last visit to Edinburgh before she is decomissioned.
Royal Navy Aircraft Engineers wheel out the Lynx helicopter from the hangar onto the flight deck onboard HMS Edinburgh during the ship's fairwell tour of the UK heading for Leith Edinburgh, where the Royal Navy's last Type 42 Destroyer will make her very last visit to Edinburgh before she is decommissioned.
Royal Navy Aircraft Engineers extend the rotor blades on a Lynx helicopter as it prepares for a morning flight onboard HMS Edinburgh during the ship's farewell tour of the UK heading for Leith Edinburgh, where the Royal Navy's last Type 42 Destroyer will make her very last visit to Edinburgh before she is decommissioned.
Type 45 Destroyer HMS Daring leaves Portsmouth Harbour as the Royal Navy's newest and most hi-tech warship set sail for the ships maiden deployment.
A Merlin helicopter is lifted onto the deck of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales as it sits in front of the Royal Liver Building after it docked in Liverpool for a week-long visit to the city. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2020. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
A Chinook is lifted onto the deck of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales as it sits in front of the Royal Liver Building after it docked in Liverpool for a week-long visit to the city. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2020. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Merlin helicopters take off from the deck of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales as it sits in front of the Royal Liver Building after it docked in Liverpool for a week-long visit to the city. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2020. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
The Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Prince of Wales sails up the River Mersey to Liverpool for a week-long visit to the city. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday February 28, 2020. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of UK F-35B Lightning jets during a refuelling exercise with an RAF Voyager over the skies of Charleston on the East coast of the United States of America.
Undated handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of UK F-35B Lightning jets during a refuelling exercise with an RAF Voyager over the skies of Charleston on the East coast of the United States of America.
UNSET, NORWAY - NOVEMBER 02: A British soldier from B Company of the Royal Irish Regiment sits on a bed of Cladonia lichen as he watches for any signs of an attack from the opposing force, during the live exercise on November 2, 2018 in Unset, Norway.2018 has been a busy year for the British military with troops joining 50000 military personnel from 31 countries in central and eastern Norway for the NATO-led Exercise Trident Juncture 18 (TRJE18). The objective being that NATO forces are trained to operate together ready to respond to threats from any direction. Concurrently to Trident Juncture, 5500 British military personnel and Reserves from the Navy, Army and Air Force joined 60000 of their Omani counterparts train across the country in Exercise Saif Sareea (SS3). The UK has a long and established defence relationship with Oman and SS3 underpinned the UK’s commitment to international allies and the ability to conduct a strategic deployment of a war fighting force to the Middle East. HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's newest aircraft carrier, returns to her home port of Portsmouth next week in time for Christmas. During the past few months the ship has completed sea trials in the Atlantic Sea and successfully tested her capability to land the F-35 Fighter Jets on deck. By 2021 HMS Queen Elizabeth should be deployed on global operations. It can be said that the British military is operating and co-operating on a truly global stage (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
BRYDALEN, NORWAY - NOVEMBER 01: British Army Foxhound armoured vehicles from B Company of the Royal Irish Regiment are seen under the night sky as the group establishes camp during the live exercise on November 1, 2018 in Brydalen, Norway. 2018 has been a busy year for the British military with troops joining 50000 military personnel from 31 countries in central and eastern Norway for the NATO-led Exercise Trident Juncture 18 (TRJE18). The objective being that NATO forces are trained to operate together ready to respond to threats from any direction. Concurrently to Trident Juncture, 5500 British military personnel and Reserves from the Navy, Army and Air Force joined 60000 of their Omani counterparts train across the country in Exercise Saif Sareea (SS3). The UK has a long and established defence relationship with Oman and SS3 underpinned the UK’s commitment to international allies and the ability to conduct a strategic deployment of a war fighting force to the Middle East. HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's newest aircraft carrier, returns to her home port of Portsmouth next week in time for Christmas. During the past few months the ship has completed sea trials in the Atlantic Sea and successfully tested her capability to land the F-35 Fighter Jets on deck. By 2021 HMS Queen Elizabeth should be deployed on global operations. It can be said that the British military is operating and co-operating on a truly global stage. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
TRONDHEIM, NORWAY - OCTOBER 25: A Norwegian engineer (L) chats with a member of the British Army Royal Engineers during pre-exercise integration training on October 25, 2018 in Telneset, Norway.2018 has been a busy year for the British military with troops joining 50000 military personnel from 31 countries in central and eastern Norway for the NATO-led Exercise Trident Juncture 18 (TRJE18). The objective being that NATO forces are trained to operate together ready to respond to threats from any direction. Concurrently to Trident Juncture, 5500 British military personnel and Reserves from the Navy, Army and Air Force joined 60000 of their Omani counterparts train across the country in Exercise Saif Sareea (SS3). The UK has a long and established defence relationship with Oman and SS3 underpinned the UK’s commitment to international allies and the ability to conduct a strategic deployment of a war fighting force to the Middle East. HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's newest aircraft carrier, returns to her home port of Portsmouth next week in time for Christmas. During the past few months the ship has completed sea trials in the Atlantic Sea and successfully tested her capability to land the F-35 Fighter Jets on deck. By 2021 HMS Queen Elizabeth should be deployed on global operations. It can be said that the British military is operating and co-operating on a truly global stage. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
TRONDHEIM, NORWAY - OCTOBER 25: Members of the British Army Royal Engineers relax as they eat their lunch during pre-exercise integration training on October 25, 2018 in Telneset, Norway. 2018 has been a busy year for the British military with troops joining 50000 military personnel from 31 countries in central and eastern Norway for the NATO-led Exercise Trident Juncture 18 (TRJE18). The objective being that NATO forces are trained to operate together ready to respond to threats from any direction. Concurrently to Trident Juncture, 5500 British military personnel and Reserves from the Navy, Army and Air Force joined 60000 of their Omani counterparts train across the country in Exercise Saif Sareea (SS3). The UK has a long and established defence relationship with Oman and SS3 underpinned the UK’s commitment to international allies and the ability to conduct a strategic deployment of a war fighting force to the Middle East. HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's newest aircraft carrier, returns to her home port of Portsmouth next week in time for Christmas. During the past few months the ship has completed sea trials in the Atlantic Sea and successfully tested her capability to land the F-35 Fighter Jets on deck. By 2021 HMS Queen Elizabeth should be deployed on global operations. It can be said that the British military is operating and co-operating on a truly global stage. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
LYMPSTONE, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 13: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Royal Marines Commandos hang out of the open doors of two Royal Navy Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopters as they arrive at The Royal Marines Commando Training Centre to transport Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex following a visit on September 13, 2018 in Lympstone, England. The Duke arrived at the centre in a Royal Navy Wildcat Maritime Attack Helicopter for his first visit in his role as Captain General Royal Marines. He met with new recruits undergoing training as well as the Invictus Games Racing Team. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
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Meanwhile, Boris Johnson shared a video message on Twitter in which he hailed the contribution of the "heroes" from the British Army, RAF and Royal Navy during the Covid-19 crisis.

He highlighted the Army's logistical support in building the new NHS Nightingale hospital, the RAF's assistance in repatriating Britons stranded abroad and the Navy's provision of air ambulances for rural communities.

The Red Arrows fly over Scarborough Castle
The Red Arrows fly over Scarborough Castle (Danny Lawson/PA)

The Prime Minister said: "There's a grim irony in the fact that the pandemic which our military is doing so much to fight, means we can't hold the Armed Forces Day festivities at which we could thank you for doing so much.

"But take it from me, whether you're a regular, a reservist, a civilian contractor, a veteran, or the family and friends who support our military in so many ways, we as a nation salute you."

Drawing a link to the celebrations that marked the end of the Second World War, Mr Johnson added: "And we will know that, day and night, at home and aboard, at sea, on land, in the air, even in space and online, our fantastic armed forces are there for us now, just as you were when the nation celebrated more than 75 years ago.

"And it's for all that and more, that I'm proud to salute our armed forces."

We proudly salute our Armed Forces 🇬🇧#ArmedForcesDaypic.twitter.com/Z5TrDKB3BS

— Boris Johnson #StayAlert (@BorisJohnson) June 27, 2020

With this year's celebrations being held virtually for the first time in history, military bands are due to give performances streamed on the armed forces' Facebook and Twitter pages.

Behind-the-scenes views of the Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier will also be shown.

Ahead of Saturday, Mr Johnson spoke with military personnel including Lieutenant Colonel Harvey Pynn, who led a team of 20 military medics supporting the London Ambulance Service transporting patients to the NHS Nightingale hospital in London, and Wing Commander Claire Collis who was involved in the repatriation of British citizens from India and Pakistan.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace commended the military for its "professionalism, commitment and versatility" through the pandemic.

The Ministry of Defence announced in May that Scarborough will host the Armed Forces Day national event in 2021.

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