Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

RAF marks centenary with flypast

RAF marks centenary with flypast

Queen Elizabeth attended an event celebrating 100 years of Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) on Tuesday that included a huge flypast of around 100 aircraft. Her Majesty, the RAF's Air Commodore-in-Chief, presented the Queen's Colour to the RAF in the forecourt of the palace.

Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Prince William and his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, as they watch a Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London. Meghan Markle, the new Duchess of Sussex, joined husband Prince Harry and the rest of the family, but there was something missing from her attire that was present in other female royals.

Thousands of people lined the palace approach in central London to watch the ceremony.

The appearance on the famed balcony is the second for the family recently, after they lined up to watch another RAF flypast in honour of Trooping the Colour 2018 last month.

The Duchess of Sussex looked stunning in a demure, belted black dress from Dior with her favored boatneck neckline and a wild, Stephen Jones fascinator that she makes look chic. RAF service personnel, veterans, and their families were joined by members of the Royal Family.

The centrepiece of RAF100 is today, with a service in Westminster Abbey, followed by a parade in The Mall and spectacular flypast over Buckingham Palace.

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She strode alongside Prince William, who, like his little brother Prince Harry, wore his full RAF uniform.

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It played a key role in defending the skies of Britain during WWII, when the queen was still a teen and her father, King George VI, was on the throne.

While The Duke of Cambridge became a fourth generation RAF member, with active duty as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.

The RAF was created on 1 April 1918 by merging the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service.

The celebrations culminated in a sensational flypast of 100 aircraft, including 22 Typhoon jets in an iconic "100" formation.

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