THE Royal Borough is to receive a silver award as part of the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme - in honour of its support for the armed forces.

It will be presented on Wednesday, September 5 in Portsmouth at the Historic Dock Yard.

The borough boasts two barracks in Windsor - Combermere Barracks and Victoria Barracks - giving it a unique reputation.

Back in October 2017 the council was awarded the bronze award and the silver accolade builds on that work.

Cllr Simon Dudley, leader of the council, will collect the award on behalf of the council in September along with cabinet member Cllr Samantha Rayner.

He said: “As an employer the council recognises the valuable contribution that reservists make to the UK Armed Forces, their communities and the civilian workplace.

“We are so lucky to have our local military families and they are such an important part of the community. We will continue to support them during and after their service.”

The authority recently opened Victoria Park in Dedworth, a new park on the Broom Farm estate for service families.

It offers additional paid leave of two weeks per year for reservists, specifically to enable them to attend their annual camp.

All staff are entitled to one days paid leave to undertake volunteering in organisations such as Cadet Forces.

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) was launched in 2014 to recognise employer support for the wider principles of the Armed Forces Covenant.