The Royal Air Force celebrated its centenary year as the 100 years of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) were marked by the biggest flypast in recent history that included the roar of 100 aircraft flying across London’s sky at noon on July 10.
The Red Arrows and three of Britain’s new F-35 Lightning stealth fighters were among the 100 aircraft taking part in a flypast over Buckingham Palace, along with Puma and Chinook helicopters, a Lancaster bomber, Spitfires, Hurricanes, Tornados and 22 Typhoons helping to spell out “100” in the skies over London.
The Queen, 92 was joined at this occasion by all the other members of the Royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as she watched a fly-past marking 100 years of the RAF.
She was seen on the balcony with Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, the Duchess of Cornwall and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Kate Middleton looked elegant as always as she wore an Alexander McQueen pale blue coat dress which she paired with a clutch and nude heels. She accessorized her look with silver earrings and a hat.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte were seen watching the scene from a palace window.
After Trooping the Colour, this is the second time The Duchess of Sussex appeared on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. Meghan looked confident and comfortable with Royals as she was standing by her husband’s side.
Meghan wore a black fit-and-flare dress paired it with a black clutch and nude heels. She accessorized her look with silver earrings and a black hat.
The Queen also made a brief speech praising the ‘tenacity, skill and gallantry’ of the RAF.
She said: ‘’Presenting the Royal Air Force with a New Queen’s Colour provides an opportunity to congratulate the Service for your remarkable contribution to Defence over the last hundred years.’’
‘’Tenacity, skill and gallantry have been your hallmarks, as you have helped to safeguard freedom and security in many parts of the world. I remember the Battle of Britain being fought in the skies above us, and we shall never forget the courage and sacrifice of that time.’’
‘’In 1918, my father, King George VI, served alongside one of the Service’s founders, Lord Trenchard, before becoming the first of my family to qualify as a Royal Air Force pilot. That family tradition continues to this day: The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge have all earned their Wings, and wear them with great pride.’’
‘’The Royal Air Force has won a place in the heart of our Nation, and I wish All Ranks, past and present, together with your families, every good fortune for your second century of service.’’
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were seen in good spirit as they shared a good laugh and light-hearted moment together.
Prince William, 36 was seen sharing a joke with his sister-in-law the Duchess of Sussex, reflecting the good bond between the two.
Along with the Royal Family, there were many of the U.K.’s most prominent politicians present there. The Queen was without Prince Philip, who has stepped down from public engagements since last year and about whose deteriorating health there are growing rumours.
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