The Queen has been joined by her family including Meghan, Prince Harry, Kate, Prince William, Prince Charles and Camilla for a day of special events including a Buckingham Palace flypast as the Royal Air Force celebrates its centenary year.
While the Queen missed Louis’ christening, she arrived at Westminster Abbey in extremely good spirits, wearing a matching purple and turquoise ensemble.
Prince Philip was sadly not in attendance at the celebrations, having also missed Prince Louis’ christening.
Following Prince Louis’ christening yesterday in London, Kate Middleton has made an unexpected appearance to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force today.
Kate wore baby blue Alexander McQueen coat, with a Sean Barrett hat and nude heels.
Despite that she’s on maternity leave, Kate felt the celebrations were important to attend if she could with the Royal Family having a strong connection to the RAF.
Harry and Meghan appearance comes just hours before they head to Ireland for their first official royal tour as a married couple.
Arriving with Harry, Kate and William, Meghan smiled as the Royal Family arrived.
Duchess Meghan wore a dress by Dior and hat by royal milliner Stephen Jones. She held on tight to Harry, who was wearing his No1 RAF uniform.
The service at Westminster Abbey starts today’s celebrations. It will be followed by a parade of around 1,300 serving personnel.
Then, the roaring aircraft formation is scheduled at 1pm with up to 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace. Apparently, the air force’s 100th birthday was I n April. And, today’s celebrations arrive 100 days after the anniversary.
The royals will appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to view a flypast of up to 100 RAF aircraft.
The RAF celebrations have seen an impressive turnout by the royals so far.
The head of the Royal Air Force, air chief marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said it is a “hugely important day” and the “pinnacle” of the centenary celebrations.
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”Bringing together that big parade, the new colour and the flypast. This is going to be a tremendous day. And it is about commemorating all of our history, and it is about celebrating what we do today.”
“We are sending a bit of a strategic message of – we remain one of world’s leading air forces – deployed on operations in 23 countries, able to project that power and influence wherever it is required in the world.”