A British Royal Marine went down on one knee in the Buckingham Palace ballroom and propos to his girlfriend -- right after he was decorated for bravery.
"I told him I was going to propose and he said 'Many congratulations in advance'," Jackson said.
Jackson, 28, of Newbury, Berkshire, emerged from the palace with the cross while Rebecca Daniel, 29, of Budleigh Salterton, Devon, wore a solitaire diamond ring.
"It was totally unexpected," she said. "It's a day that's not going to be trumped for a while."
He described himself as a "baby Marine" when he went to Afghanistan.
"There are so many stories out there that are untold -- so many lads that deserve this," Jackson said.