Queen Elizabeth attended an event celebrating 100 years of Great Britain’s Royal Air Force today that included a huge fly past of around 100 aircraft.
Her public appearance came one day after Her Majesty and Prince Philip missed the christening of Prince Louis.
Well, their decision to miss the christening was understood not to have been made for health reasons. And, it was mutually agreed to by the Queen and Prince Louis’ parents, William and Kate some time ago.
Queen Elizabeth attended the event with Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle.
Speaking at the event, Queen Elizabeth congratulated the RAF.
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She thanked RAF for its remarkable contribution to defence over the last hundred years. She said: “Tenacity and skill have been your hallmarks as you have helped for the security of our people. The RAF has won a place in the heart of our nation”.
Firstly, there was a service in Westminster Abbey celebrating 100 years of the RAF. Many servicemen and women then took part in a parade on the Mall, leading up to Buckingham Palace. Then there was the fly past.
The fly past was followed by singing of the national anthem, “God Save the Queen”. Then, the members of the military formed themselves into the phrase “RAF 100” below the palace balcony.
The royal family has a long history with the Royal Air Force.
In her speech, Her Majesty described how her father, King George became the first member of her family to qualify as a RAF pilot in 1918. She said:-
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“The Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge, all have earned their wings and wear them with great pride”.
Prince William is the most recent member of the family to qualify. He received his RAF pilot’s wings in 2008 and later qualified as an operational captain with the RAF Search and Rescue Force.