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Defence in the media: Sunday 10 June 2018

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There is further coverage in Sunday's newspapers of Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall, who yesterday became the first soldier to wear a turban during the Trooping of the Colour. And as part of its Helpline for Heroes campaign, The Mail on Sunday reports that Prince Harry has raised concerns over suicides among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Trooping the Colour

A number of newspapers and online outlets including The Sun, BBC Online, The Independent and Guardian all report that Guardsman Lall was the first soldier to wear a turban for the Trooping of the Colour, which marks Her Majesty The Queen's official birthday, yesterday. Images of Guardsman Lall alongside other soldiers from the Regiment in bearskins have been published widely.

Suicide amongst veterans

The Mail on Sunday reports that Prince Harry has written to a former soldier and leading campaigner on veterans' issues asking him to gather details on a recent spate of suicides of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The article includes a comment piece by former Chief of the General Staff Lord Dannatt who urges families and friends of veterans who are struggling to encourage them to seek help.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson said:

Any suicide is a tragedy. Help is available for serving personnel and veterans through the 24-hour mental health helplines and we are spending more than £20 million a year on mental health services.

Image of the day

The Coldstream Guards have marked Her Majesty The Queen’'s official birthday on Saturday 9 June by trooping their colour in front of the Royal Family and 7,500 spectators on London’'s iconic Horse Guards Parade.
These operational soldiers, for many of whom this was their first Queen’'s Birthday Parade, are fresh from recent exercises in Dartmoor. They are famed across the world for their immaculate turnout and ceremonial prowess, but as a dual-role battalion they are equally busy with operational training and duties.

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