Tony Blair appeared at the war memorial behind in prime position
The former Labour Prime Minister was sitting in front of current Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and next to the Duke of Gloucester who was wearing his array of military medals for the ceremony on Horse Guards Parade in central London.
After being spotted behind a solemn looking Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, social media users watching on TV hit out at the gall of Mr Blair for even showing up at an event commemorating the fallen in a controversial war he gave the go ahead for.
Tony Blair shows his face at memorial for Iraq war heroes Thu, March 9, 2017
Tony Blair attends a national memorial honouring the Armed Forces and civilians who served their country during the Gulf War and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan has been unveiled by the Queen.
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Former prime minister Tony Blair, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attending a Military Drumhead Service on Horse Guards Parade in London
David Jones, tweeted: “Sickening Tony Blair is at the service for the new memorial to soldiers killed in Iraq & Afghanistan today.”
Nick Leaney, said: “So families of fallen servicemen not invited to #Iraqafganistan memorial but Tony Blair is…hmmmm looking forward to headlines on this one.”
Another user, said: “Tony Blair arrives at the Iraq/Afganistan memorial service, a few minutes ago and takes a front seat. This man has the skin of a rhinoceros."
And Colin Randell wrote: “Blair the shameless, you'll never see another brass-neck quite like his.”
Mr Blair watched on as the Met Police choir sang the national anthem
Mr Blair looked on as the Queen unveiled the national memorial honouring the Armed Forces and civilians who served their country during the Gulf War and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Theresa May, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, Boris Johnson, Sir Michael Fallon, Philip Hammond, David Cameron, and senior figures from the Cabinet also attended the ceremony.
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Around 2,500 invited guests, including representatives of veterans, serving military, bereaved families, charity workers, civil servants and politicians, attended a military Drumhead Service on Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall.
Mr Blair's appearance is being seen as a kick in the face by the families of those who lost loved ones, as well as military personnel who suffered life-changing physical and mental injuries from the Iraq War.
Seeing him mourning the dead adds fuel to the fire after some of the affected families did not even receive an invite to the service.
Last night Reg Keys, whose son Tom was killed in Iraq in 2003, said: “I would not have thought Tony Blair would have been a welcome face at such a service given we were misled over the Iraq war.
“I’m sure his ego will not allow him to stay away from it.
“A lot of families will not welcome his presence and after such a short space of time following the publication of the Chilcot report.
“Had I been invited I would have gone to honour my son, but nobody invited me.”
John and Marilyn Miller, who lost their son Simon in the same incident that caused Tom Keys to lose his life, were outraged at the decision.
Mr Miller said: “Tony Blair has been invited but military families have not.
“It is an absolute disgrace. How can that be right?
“We were totally disgusted that we had not been invited. Of course we would have wanted to go, it is a memorial for our son as well.”