RAF Ensign flown to mark RAF centenary

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The top 20 images captured to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain's Royal Air Force

To formally mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force, up to 100 aircraft will fly in a mass formation over Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

"We have also had the consecration of the RAF's new colours in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, in front of 1000 serving airmen and women".

"Tenacity, skill and gallantry have been your hallmarks as you helped safeguard freedom and security in many parts of the world".

For those who missed yesterday's display, there will be another chance to see aircraft including Chinook helicopters, Spitfires and the Red Arrows take to the sky at this year's Festival of Flight at London Biggin Hill Airport on August 18 and 19.

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The royal family has a long history with the Royal Air Force.

Over 1,000 RAF servicemen and women performed a ceremonial parade on The Mall in central London, along with nearly 300 personnel lining the route, including people from a variety of roles and RAF stations, representing the full diversity of the current Air Force.

As the christening of Prince Louis is today, royal fans have been taking a look back at his mother, Kate Middleton's christening photos.

Following the service at Westminster, a royal flypast took place over Buckingham Palace. He added: "It is also right to remember with sorrow and again profound thanksgiving the scores of thousands who have given their lives in service as part of the RAF".

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Donning a fit-and-flare black Dior with a boatneck, not dissimilar from the neckline of her Givenchy wedding dress, Meghan paired it up with a netted hat from Stephen Jones, complementing her elegant side bun which celebrity hairstylists say is fast becoming her signature look since Markle stepped into her royal shoes.

It was 100 years ago on April 1 1918 that the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the RAF - the world's first independent air service.

It will feature the new F-35 Lightning - Britain's cutting-edge stealth fighter jet - which will fly at a public event for the first time.

Prince William - the Duke of Cambridge - is the most recent member of the family to qualify, receiving his RAF pilot's wings in 2008 and later qualifying as an operational captain with the RAF Search and Rescue Force.

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