The sister of a soldier killed in Afghanistan has traveled to the dedication of a memorial to those who served, without an invitation, says a friend.
The unveiling of the memorial, by the Queen, has been overshadowed by a row over the failure to include the families of the 682 service personnel who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Victoria Batemen told PA News she was travelling to the event at Horse Guards Parade in Whitehal with Shanna, the sister of Pte Jeff "JJ" Doherty, from Southam, Warwickshire.
Mrs Bateman, 33, described the situation as a "bit of a slap in the face".
"She has not been given an invite, but she is here and we are going to try and get her in," she said.