The UK Royal Air Force celebrates 100 years

Duchess of Cambridge makes surprise appearance at RAF100

Duchess of Cambridge makes surprise appearance at RAF100

She broke Royal tradition again by baring her shoulders in the elegant pale pink dress at the Trooping the Colour ceremony, to mark the Queen's birthday.

The Queen and the other royals watched Typhoons form the shape of the number 100 in the sky, before the Red Arrows, the RAF's aerobatic team, concluded the show, vapour-trailing the red, white and blue of the Union Jack flag.

He said: "We are sending a bit of a strategic message.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".

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"Tenacity, skill and gallantry have been your hallmarks as you have helped to safeguard freedom and security in many parts of the world", she said.

A day after the Royal Family celebrated the christening of Prince Louis, the family reunited to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force (RAF). According the royal family's official website, today's christening at the Royal Chapel at St. James's Palace was followed by a private tea at Clarence House, the royal residence of Prince Charles and his wife the Duchess of Cornwall.

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An RAF ensign was draped over the high altar behind him, as he said that people should remember with "sorrow and profound thanksgiving" those who gave their lives, and give thanks for all those who served with the RAF in war and peace.

At 1:00 p.m. members of the Royal Family invited guests and members of the public witnessed a flypast of 100 aircraft over Buckingham Palace, representing the RAF' s history, its continued operational role in securing British skies, and the future of air power.

Weather and serviceability dependent, it is expected the new cutting-edge stealth fighter F-35 jets will feature, as well as helicopters including the Puma, Chinook, Juno and Jupiter.

And in keeping with the traditional blue of the RAF, the Queen wore a royal blue silk coat with a turquoise collar and dress in the same colour, both by Angela Kelly, with a matching hat by Angela Kelly and a diamond star brooch.

Arriving at Westminster Abbey, the Duke of Cambridge could be seen wearing the No 1 uniform of the Royal Air Force, as well as his RAF wings in recognition that he is a qualified RAF pilot.

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