Dame Kelly Holmes says the Armed Forces want to do King Charles "proud."

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Dame Kelly Holmes on the Armed Forces credit:Bang Showbiz
Dame Kelly Holmes on the Armed Forces credit:Bang Showbiz

Dame Kelly Holmes says the Armed Forces want to do King Charles "proud."

The 73-year-old royal acceded to the throne upon the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth - who was Head of the Armed Forces throughout her 70-year reign until her death on September 8 at the age of 96 - and now Olympics star Kelly, 52, who served in the British Army during the early 1990s, has explained that that the attitude towards the Royal Family has not changed as the continue to serve the new monarch.

She said: "Up until the Queen passed, of course, she was Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. That does not change now because everyone is serving for the King so we want to do him proud as well. It is an honour of your service and your duty for the Crown."

The retired sprinter went on to explain that the part the Armed Forces will play in the Queen's funeral on Monday (19.09.22) will be "astonishing" as she explained how "important" it is for them to get everything right.

Speaking on BBC News, she added: It will be so important that everything is absolutely to the tee. You'll see it, it will be astonishing for everyone who is watching the procession and everybody who is watching the television."

Meanwhile, the sports star-turned-TV presenter - who received a Damehood from the Queen for her services to sports back in 2005 - recently made her first appearance as a regular panellist on ITV chatshow 'Loose Women' and explained that she made a "lifelong allegiance" to Her Late Majesty upon joining the ranks.

She said: "There's a real personal link between the Armed Forces and the Queen being the Commander in Chief and anyone who serves because you have to say a pledge of allegiance to the Queen. That's the first thing you ever do, so for me that was always a life allegiance because you serve the Crown and not the government."