Britain's Royal Air Force marks centenary with national day of celebrations

Erika Holt
July 14, 2018

Just one day after the high-profile christening of Prince Louis, the fab four (Meghan, Harry, Wills, and Kate) are back on the royal trail, attending a service for the Centenary of the Royal Air Force on at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday morning.

"Tenacity, skill and gallantry have been your hallmarks", she said.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge watch the RAF flypast on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.

Up to 100 jets, helicopters and planes from across a range of different eras of RAF history roared over central London today much to the delight of the thousands who gathered to watch the spectacle from below, according to the Daily Mail.

On this, the centenary of its formation, I send my heartfelt congratulations to the Royal Air Force at home and overseas, and to all of its families and loved ones.

The Queen's involvement in the celebrations meant much to the RAF representatives taking part; Her Majesty's father was one of the air force's founder members and she has known all 31 of the officers who have served as chief of the air staff.

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Earlier, the royals and more than 2,200 people packed Westminster Abbey for a service also attended by Theresa May, defence secretary Gavin Williamson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. RAF service personnel, veterans, and their families were joined by members of the Royal Family.

It was "proper and right", the Archbishop said, to celebrate and give thanks to God "for the providence which has brought us the Royal Air Force, its pilots and crews and ground crews".

It will feature the new F-35 Lightning - Britain's cutting-edge stealth fighter jet - which will fly at a public event for the first time.

The event marked the 100th anniversary of the world's oldest Air Force - the Royal Air Force - which was formed on April 1, 1918, independent of the British Army and Royal Navy.

Drawing the spectacle to a close was the Red Arrows, who in traditional aerobatic style, streamed red, white and blue smoke down the length of the Mall.

Kate wore a pale blue Alexander McQueen coat dress, while the Duchess of Sussex opted for an elegant black Dior dress.

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