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Duke Of Kent Chooses RAF Over Wimbledon

The Royal family's biggest tennis fan gave up his seat at Wimbledon’s semi-final day for the chance to meet RAF men and women and see their...

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The Royal family's biggest tennis fan gave up his seat at Wimbledon’s semi-final day for the chance to meet RAF men and women and see their new Colour paraded for the first time at Fairford’s Royal International Air Tattoo on Friday.

President of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, HRH The Duke of Kent, looked on as members of Queen’s Colour Squadron (QCS) paraded the Colour, presented to the RAF earlier in the week by his cousin, HM The Queen.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew over the parade square during the Royal Salute in a formation made up of the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane.

The ceremony concluded a week of celebrations and commemorations marking the RAF’s one-hundredth anniversary.

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Flight Sergeant Andrew Harding, Queen's Colour Squadron said, "One of the junior NCOs sketched it out on paper, we then went out and proved it with the guys, and then we put it into sync and added the music. It looks complicated but it’s quite simple.

"The highlight of the week has been the RAF totally swamping the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. Where it’s usually red tunics it’s nice to see it totally blue.

"The guard that performed today was the same guard that performed at the Palace.

"The troops have worked exceptionally hard.

"It’s nothing I wouldn’t expect but it’s good to hear the compliments and I’m very proud of them."

Also watching the parade was HRH Prince Michael of Kent who reviewed military aircraft and met aircrew that travelled to the country’s largest airshow from as far as Japan and Pakistan.

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