Members of the Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall joined The Queen and other members of the Royal Family today for celebrations to mark 100 years of the Royal Air Force.

The Royal Family has a long-standing commitment to the Royal Air Force, with four generations of the family having served or trained with the RAF, and many holding honorary ranks and patronages with RAF charities and associations.

The day began with a service at Westminster Abbey: an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the RAF’s achievements of the past 100 years, and to look forward to the next 100.

At Buckingham Palace, The Queen presented a new flag – known as a ‘Colour’ – to the RAF Regiment before Her Majesty gave a speech. 

A ‘feu de joie’ (ceremonial gunfire) and a spectacular fly-past of 100 RAF aircraft illustrated the history the Force and showed just how far its aircraft have evolved in the past century.

In the afternoon, 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. The reception was an opportunity to meet RAF veterans, serving personnel and their families.