HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Bear Grylls and Kirsty Gallacher were among the big celebrity names that showed their support for the British Armed Forces at this year’s British Military Tournament (7-8 December).

While Prince William’s appearance at the Earl’s Court military fundraising extravaganza was well-known in advance of the show, the appearance of other Royals and celebrities added an extra touch of class to the proceedings.

The event, held in aid of the three national charities of the British Armed Forces - ABF (The Soldiers’ Charity), the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund – attracted other high-profile royal guests, including The Earl and Countess of Wessex, HRH Duke of Gloucester and HRH Prince Michael of Kent. They sat in a packed arena, alongside members of the public, to witness a spectacular array of daring military re-enactments, ceremonial set pieces and death-defying stunts performed by serving military personnel over the course of two, two-hour weekend shows.

Highlights of the show included a live decrypting challenge, tackled by the famous code breakers from Bletchley Park, and a breathtaking Musical Drive performed by The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

Tweeting his thoughts on the day, British adventurer and Chief Scout Bear Grylls marvelled at the performance put on by the nation’s armed forces. Bear said: “Incredible displays by @BritishMilitary - was such a special night. @rnrmc @soldierscharity

Other celebrity guests included television presenter Kirsty Gallacher, who alongside her husband, London Welsh rugby union footballer player Paul Sampson and their son, enjoyed the exhibition stands and stalls, staffed by loyal volunteers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, among others.

The British Military Tournament continues to go from strength-to-strength, having raised more than £450,000 since it was re-established three years ago, and expectations remain high for the future of the fundraising event.

Martin Rutledge, Chief Executive of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, said that the tournament represents “a fantastic celebration of all our three services, and their strength and courage, as well as raising funds for those soldiers, veterans and families who are in need.”