Click for video report. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh met injured soldiers at a rehabilitation centre today in the region. They visited Headley Court - which treats wounded servicemen and women who've been on the front line. Kate Bunkall reports.
The Queen toured the military's leading rehabilitation centre for injured servicemen and women to learn about their long road back to health.
She was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and the pair watched as amputee soldiers walked along obstacle courses on artificial legs.
The Queen was making her first visit to Headley Court in Surrey where Britain's battle casualties are sent for intensive rehab once their lives are out of danger.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will visit the armed forces' dedicated rehabilitation centre in Surrey for seriously injured servicemen and women.
The royal couple will tour Headley Court where wounded service personnel are given treatment and support to rebuild their military careers.
The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre near Leatherhead is where most combat casualties receive the final stage of their rehab.
It is a sprawling complex of buildings set in the beautiful grounds of a historic building dating back to the Elizabethan period.
Facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, swimming pool, four fully equipped gyms and a state-of-the-art limb-fitting and amputee centre.
The centre has received many royal visits in recent years, most notably from the Duke of Cambridge, who opened some new facilities at the centre in 2010.
During their tour of Headley Court, the Queen and Duke will visit the Waterloo gym, where service personnel who have lost limbs will be put through their paces.
The royal visitors, who will stay for a private lunch, will also meet nursing staff and other patients before the Queen opens a refurbished unit.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will visit the Defence Medical Rehabiltation Centre at Headley Court today.
They will meet with recovering soldiers and open a newly refurbished treatment area.
Their lives and their bodies have been shattered but fighting spirit remains - now wounded servicemen and women are looking to the future with confidence. Soldiers, disabled in battle, will get the most up to date artificial limbs available. Charlotte Wilkins reports.
The Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says it is a top priority to give injured troops the best care and support.
The benefits of the new legs:
- Dramatically improve the quality of life for rehabilitation amputees
- The leg will provide better stability
- It will allow for more mobility
- Improvements in the ability to step over obstacles, negotiate stairs and walk backwards safely
Around 160 individuals who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan, will benefit from Government funds for the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs available.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "One of this Government's top priorities has always been to give our troops the best possible care and support."
Mr Hammond said he was "delighted" to announce funds of £6.5 million which will be used to ensure UK servicemen and veterans injured in Afghanistan or Iraq have the opportunity to "upgrade to the most technologically advanced prosthetics currently available."
Whitehall will today announce a funding boost to guarantee leg amputees get the most up-to-date prosthetic limbs available.
The £6.5 million which will fund this has been made available by the Chancellor from the Treasury's Special Reserve.
The leg will be the same as the one used by British Paralympic discus thrower Derek Derenalagi.