RAF centenary celebration fly-past gathers thousands in London

RAF centenary celebration fly-past gathers thousands in London

An estimated 65,000 to 70,000 people gathered on The Mall in central London to watch the parade and flypast, with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family spectating from the palace balcony.

Air-Vice Marshal Gerry Mayhew, the air officer commanding No 1 group and the senior responsible officer for the flypast, said the day is the "centrepiece" of the RAF's 100th year.

Following the service, along Charles, the Queen will then present a new Queen's Colour to the RAF in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace before making a brief speech.

The service will be followed by a fly-by at Buckingham Palace and another balcony appearance from the royal family.

The couple met RAF servicemen and women, charity representatives involved in the RAF100 Appeal, RAF Veterans and Civil Service personnel involved in the Centenary celebrations.

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Meghan Markle, whose Duchess style profile has shifted dramatically from the early pale pinks and off-whites she wore during the first few weeks, arrived at the Abbey in a black A-line Dior gown cut at her knees and featuring the same neckline as her now iconic Givenchy wedding dress: the bateau.

Chairman of CWAC Cllr Bob Rudd said: "Cheshire West and Chester Council is honoured to be flying the RAF Ensign flags from its buildings on 10th July to support the anniversary of the oldest independent air force in the world".

Lastly, the members of the Royal Family watched a presentation of the RAF 100 Relay, which had been carried throughout the United Kingdom for the last 100 days. Her Majesty, as the Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces, has the Jardine Star brooch, which has eight diamond rays separated by a single collet and that fan out from a central cluster of one large diamond and eight smaller ones.

The Queen recalled how her father was the first member of her family to qualify as an RAF pilot and served alongside the service's founder Lord Trenchard.

The flypast featured aircraft including Puma and Chinook helicopters, a Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricanes, the A400M Atlas, Tornados, Typhoons and the F-35 stealth fighter jets. The Red Arrows streamed red, white and blue smoke over the length of the Mall.

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