Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Britain's Royal Air Force marks centenary with national day of celebrations

Harry and Meghan The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expected to be among guests
Kenny Thornton | 12 July, 2018, 21:31

Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge stand on the balcony of Buckingham Palace as they watch a fly past to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force in central London, Britain July 10, 2018.

The celebrations began earlier in the day with a service at Westminster Abbey followed by a parade down The Mall of 1,300 serving military personnel.

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

The former Suits star looked poised and confident as she joined the royal family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace for the flypast.

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, take part in the Trooping the Colour parade in central London.

Charles and William both served as RAF pilots.

She paired the dress with a matching fascinator by Stephen Jones, gold-and-diamond Cartier earrings, and nude heels.

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, also married Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at their wedding last month, and called his forthcoming duty at Prince Louis' christening "very nerve wracking" but also "a great privilege".

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by Prince Charles, will present a new Queen's Colour to the Royal Air Force at a ceremony on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Meghan and Harry will head straight from the service to Dublin for a two-day tour.

The celebrations Tuesday marked the second event in a busy week for Britain's royals, following Monday's christening and ahead of the Queen's meeting with US President Donald Trump at Windsor Castle on Friday.

It's customary for women of the British royal family to wear a hat to official functions.

The RAF was formed with the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) on 1st April 1918.

The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of Cambridge, Duke of York, and Duke and Duchess of Sussex then attended a reception here.

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