A flypast over the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire has taken in honour of the Queen 17092022 CREDIT National Memorial Arboretum
Many people have been visiting the Armed Forces Memorial site to lay flowers as a mark of respect for the Queen (Picture: National Memorial Arboretum).
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Flypast over National Memorial Arboretum in honour of Her Majesty

In the formation was a De Havilland Chipmunk, also known as 'The Royal Chipmunk' as it was used by King Charles III for his flight training.

A flypast over the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire has taken in honour of the Queen 17092022 CREDIT National Memorial Arboretum
Many people have been visiting the Armed Forces Memorial site to lay flowers as a mark of respect for the Queen (Picture: National Memorial Arboretum).

In honour of Queen Elizabeth II, a flypast took place over the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire this weekend.

A formation consisting of former Armed Forces training aircraft De Havilland Chipmunks and Scottish Aviation Bulldogs flew over the Armed Forces Memorial, the nation's year-round place to remember.

The flypast was conducted as a gesture of respect and gratitude to Her Majesty The Queen for her service and dedication as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

Flying in the iconic diamond nine formation, one of the aircraft, a De Havilland Chipmunk known also as 'The Royal Chipmunk', exited the formation approximately 10 seconds before reaching the Armed Forces Memorial, providing a missing element as they pass over. 

The De Havilland Chipmunk two-seater primary trainer aircraft, gained its nickname of 'The Royal Chipmunk' as it was used by HM King Charles III for his flight training.

It retains its distinctive red Royal Flight colours to this day.

The Queen was the Patron of the Royal British Legion and through it, the National Memorial Arboretum.

Her first visit to the site was in 2002 as part of her Golden Jubilee tour, which was shortly after the site's opening.