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The Queen honours two Australian war veterans with prestigious Victoria Cross medals at Buckingham Palace ceremony

  • Queen welcomed recipients to the picture gallery at the palace on Wednesday
  • Among them were Australian soldiers Daniel Keighran and Ben Roberts-Smith
  • The group enjoyed a drinks reception as the monarch celebrated their bravery 
  • They all posed for a group portrait which they will each receive as a keepsake 

The Queen has honoured recipients of the Victoria and George Cross at a reception at Buckingham Palace.  

The monarch welcomed the servicemen and women and their families to her home for a drinks reception on Wednesday.

Among them: Australian soldiers Daniel Keighran and Ben Roberts-Smith, both of whom were awarded the Victorian Cross for their actions during the war in Afghanistan.

Daniel Keighran is the third Australian to earn the Victoria Cross - the ultimate accolade for valor - and is seen here greeting the Queen

Daniel Keighran is the third Australian to earn the Victoria Cross – the ultimate accolade for valor – and is seen here greeting the Queen

Her Majesty shakes hands with a very tall Ben Roberts-Smith VC at the  reception

Her Majesty shakes hands with a very tall Ben Roberts-Smith VC at the  reception

Dressed in a bright floral skirt and aqua blue jacket the 92-year-old monarch spent time meeting the brave medal-holders in the picture gallery of her London home.

She could be seen sipping on a fruity drink as she shook hands will all of those awarded who lined up to greet the monarch.

Her Majesty appeared to be in high spirits today with her smiling not leaving her face once during proceedings.

There were 24 recipients of the Victoria Cross or the George Cross, along with widows and families of those who have posthumously received the honours, at the tribute.  

The Queen welcomed recipients of the Victoria and George Cross to the picture gallery at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 

The Queen welcomed recipients of the Victoria and George Cross to the picture gallery at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 

There were 24 recipients of the Victoria Cross or the George Cross who posed for a commemorative photograph at the palace

There were 24 recipients of the Victoria Cross or the George Cross who posed for a commemorative photograph at the palace

Major Dominic Troulan, 55, was attending after he was awarded the George Cross in 2017 for repeatedly risking his life to save about 200 people during a deadly Kenyan terrorist attack.

The retired officer, who served for two decades in the special forces, returned a dozen times to the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi in 2013 to search for survivors and lead them to safety, after al-Shabab extremists stormed the centre armed with machine guns and grenades.

The elite group of invited guests included Johnson Beharry, who in 2005 became the first living recipient of the Victoria Cross since 1965.

The Queen  was presented with a book by Major Peter Norton GC, which recalls the exploits by the twenty-five living recipients of the medals

The Queen  was presented with a book by Major Peter Norton GC, which recalls the exploits by the twenty-five living recipients of the medals

The private, from 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, was awarded the honour for two separate acts of outstanding gallantry to rescue his comrades in Iraq in 2004. He suffered serious head injuries.

The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration awarded for valour 'in the face of the enemy' to members of the armed forces.

The George Cross (GC) is the highest civil decoration and is awarded to those who have displayed the greatest heroism or the most conspicuous courage whilst in extreme danger.

They all posed for a group portrait which they will each receive as a keepsake.  

Nepalese Gurkha Capt Rambahadur Limbu VC appeared to share a joke with the monarch

Nepalese Gurkha Capt Rambahadur Limbu VC appeared to share a joke with the monarch

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