Queen at Air Forces Memorial

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The Queen marked the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force at the Commonwealth War Graves Air Forces Memorial in Runnymede on March 31st. A service was held at which prayers were offered to those commemorated and a wreath was laid on the Queen’s behalf before she viewed panels bearing the names of Australian war dead and a display of fallen airmen and women in the memorial cloister, and then met serving RAAF personnel. The Memorial was opened by the Queen in October 1953 and commemorates more than 20,000 Commonwealth airmen and women who died during operations in north and west Europe and have no known grave. More than 1,300 of those commemorated at Runnymede served with the Royal Australian Air Force.

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