Queen praises RAF's 'tenacity and skill' at centenary event

EMMA MOUCHETRAF technician Cpl Lydia Ford checks over a Red Arrow

EMMA MOUCHETRAF technician Cpl Lydia Ford checks over a Red Arrow

Following the Westminster Abbey Service massed bands and more than 1,000 men and women marched up The Mall to the palace, waved on and cheered by thousands of members of the public.

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Hylands House in Chelmsford, Essex was treated to a special flyover by planes taking part in the RAF's 100th birthday celebrations enroute to Buckingham Palace in London. 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.

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100 aircraft swept across the United Kingdom capital on July 10 in the centrepiece event of the 2018 RAF Centenary.

The queen stood out in an RAF-blue coat and dress edged with turquoise, with a matching hat and a diamond star brooch on her shoulder.

The Duchess of Cambridge, wore a dress by her go-to designer Alexander McQueen for the occasion, looked overjoyed as she cradled Prince Louis and spoke to the Archbishop. Markle paired the Audrey Hepburn-esque number with a vibrant Stephen Jones fascinator and beige pumps.

Other members of the family including the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of York, and Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a reception at Buckingham Palace where they mingled with RAF veterans, serving personnel and their families. Prince Philip did not attend.

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Charles, William and Harry all chose to wear No 1 RAF uniform to the abbey, with Kate wearing a Dacre Brooch - which was presented to her by the Air Cadets when she took on patronage in 2015.

Fresh from Prince Louis's christening yesterday, the royal foursome arrived at the iconic landmark for a service celebrating the RAF's history.

(Picture: AFP) 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 recalled how her father, King George VI, was the first member of her family to qualify as an RAF pilot and served alongside the service's founder, Lord Trenchard.

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A century later, the RAF is engaged in 13 missions across 26 countries and is heavily committed on operations both at home and overseas, according to Buckingham Palace.

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