Royal Family News: Prince William Wears Military Attire For Australian Celebration
British Royal family news reveals the Australian people celebrated 100 years of their Royal Air Force and were joined in their celebration by the members of the British Royal Family. Prince William, 38, who once served as a helicopter pilot in the Royal Air Force, recognized the “special bond” the British Air Force has with the Royal Australian Air Force in a video message.
Prince William’s Special Message
Prince William sent a special and heartwarming message to the Royal Australian Air Force, even sporting his military uniform in honor of their 100th anniversary that took place this Wednesday.
In his speech he praised the RAAF for their “outstanding reputation for resilience, innovation and dedication to duty.”
“Over the last 12 months, Australia has faced the challenges of terrible bushfires and a global pandemic,” he said. “The Royal Australian Air Force has once again shown its ability to respond quickly to supporting Australians in need.”
He further noted that there was a “special bond” between the U.K’s Royal Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force that he witnessed firsthand during his service.
“More recently, Catherine and I have been welcomed at a number of Royal Australian Air Force bases and have enjoyed hearing stories from serving personnel.”
He concluded the speech by saying that while the RAAF’s second century will truly be very different from the first, “I am sure that future generations of servicemen and women will carry forward the proud legacy established by hard working and courageous Australians during the first 100 years of The Royal Australian Air Force.”
Queen Elizabeth II honors the Royal Australian Air Force’s Centenary
The Royal Australian Air Force shared the news of The Queen honoring their centenary on their official social media channels. They wrote, “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has marked our Centenary at the Runnymede Air Forces Memorial in the UK. The Runnymede Air Forces Memorial was designed by Sir Edward Maufe and unveiled by The Queen on 17 October 1953. #AusAirForce #ThenNowAlways #AirForce100.”
Queen Elizabeth, 94, celebrated the occasion with her first public outing of 2021 by visiting the CWGC Air Forces Memorial in Surrey, a short drive from Windsor Castle where she is staying with husband Prince Philip, 99.
The monarch stepped out with a green gown that’s marked with patterns of white, a wide brimmed hat adorned with little yellow flowers and bigger white ones that perfectly matched her gown. She accessorized with white earrings and necklace. She of course topped it all with her signature gloves, which is black, and matched it with a black Launer handbag.
The Queen however did not wear a face mask, but everyone at the ceremony maintained correct social distance from one another. The monarch has received her COVID-19 vaccination in January.
A wreath was laid on the Queen’s behalf and she proceeded to view the panels bearing the names of people who died in the Australian war and a display of fallen airmen and women in the memorial cloister. She also met with Royal Australian Air Force personnel and signed a commemorative document.
The Australians celebrated the Royal Air Force’s 100th year of service since its inception by throwing a ceremony filled with historical facts and details, a matching band in their sky blue shirts and deep blue trousers and tie, and honoring their past and present members. More than 60 aircrafts graced the skies, in what was one of Australia’s largest ever flypasts, including classic planes like Spitfire, Canberra and Hudson, to Caribous, C-130s’s, F-18’s and the RAAF’s newest stealth fighter, FA345’s.