June 14, 2007 / 12:31 PM / in 12 years

Queen leads Falklands memorial

Queen Elizabeth arrives for a service to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands from Argentine occupation by British forces, at the Falkand Islands Memorial Chapel at Pangbourne College, Berkshire, June 14, 2007. REUTERS/Adrian Dennis/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - The Queen led commemorations on Thursday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Argentine surrender on the Falkland islands.

The monarch, whose son Andrew was a helicopter pilot in the conflict, attended a service at the Falkland Islands memorial chapel in Berkshire.

Afterwards, she laid the last of 255 stones on a special cairn that commemorates each British servicemen killed in the 1982 war.

Among those attending the service were Prime Minister Tony Blair and former premier Margaret Thatcher, who ordered the task force to cross the Atlantic and repel the Argentines.

“The liberation of the Falkland Islands was a huge achievement for our forces, operating in harsh conditions more than 8,000 miles away,” said Defence Secretary Des Browne.

Sara Jones, widow of Colonel “H” Jones who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, said: “The chapel is an important place for families and friends who lost loved ones during the conflict.”

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