Royal Air Force Centenary

Members of the British Royal Family attended a series of events marking the centenary of the Royal Air Force in London on July 10th, with a service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade in The Mall and spectacular flypast over Buckingham Palace. The Royal Air Force (RAF) – the world’s first independent air force – was founded on 1 April 1918, independent of the British Army and Royal Navy.

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In the morning, the Queen, accompanied by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duke of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, the Duke of York, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and other members of the Royal Family, attended a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force.

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Afterwards, the Queen, accompanied by the Prince of Wales, presented a new Queen’s Colour to the Royal Air Force at a ceremony to mark its centenary on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. The Queen took the royal salute, presented the colour and made a brief speech. Following, the Royal Family viewed a flypast and feu de joie from the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

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Later, the Prince of Wales an Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the Duke of York attended a reception at Buckingham Palace, where they met RAF servicemen and women, charity representatives involved in the RAF100 Appeal, RAF Veterans and Civil Service personnel involved in the centenary celebrations.

Simultaneously, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra attended a reception at Horse Guards Parade, where they viewed a variety of displays about the work and history of the Royal Air Force before meeting representatives from RAF charities, new recruits and RAF veterans.

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