RAF's centenary to be marked by flypast over Palace

Frederick Owens
July 13, 2018

Buckingham Palace was the focal point for an enormous flyover by the British Royal Air Force today, as the service celebrated its 100-year anniversary.

Prince Charles and Camilla arrived at the Abbey shortly before The Queen and greeted Her Majesty as she arrived inside, with the Prince of Wales affectionately kissing her hand, while the Duchess of Cornwall curtsied. According to the post, the Duchess of Cambridge was christened on June 20, 1982, which just so happens to be the day before Prince William was born.

Thousands of people have gathered outside Buckingham Palace to watch a fly-past of aircraft to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force.

Earlier the royals attended a service at Westminster Abbey along with dignitaries including Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson.

After the royal appearance, the family watched the flypast from a balcony at Buckingham Palace with great ceremony.

This was an opportunity to meet RAF veterans, serving personnel and their families.

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Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child, Prince Louis, will be christened today, on 9 July, 2018.

Eagle-eyed watchers have noted that Meghan, who was wearing a black Dior dress with bateau neckline, was missing a brooch in her outfit.

The celebrations Tuesday marked the second event in a busy week for Britain's royals, following Monday's christening and ahead of the Queen's meeting with US President Donald Trump at Windsor Castle on Friday. The tribute to the RAF, which became the world's first independent air force when it was founded as a separate entity from the British Army and Royal Navy in 1918, began with a service at Westminster Abbey.

She later remembered the Battle of Britain, saying: "I remember the Battle of Britain being battled in the sky above us and we should never forget the sacrifice". Prior to the christening William and Kate announced six friends and family members to be Louis' godparents.

For 100 years the RAF has defended the skies of Britain, preventing conflicts, delivering aid and combating cyber threats while working in partnership with other services.

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