Norfolk-based F-35 Lightning fighter jets join RAF centenary flypast

Queen Elizabeth attended an event celebrating 100 years of Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) on Tuesday that included a huge flypast of around 100 aircraft. Earlier in the day, the Queen had congratulated the RAF for its "remarkable contribution to defence" over the past 100 years and presented a new Queen's Colour to the air force to mark the occasion. Prince Charles and sons William and Harry were in No 1 RAF uniform, while the Duchess of Cambridge wore her diamond and ruby Dacre Brooch, given by the Air Cadets in 2015 when she became their patron, and the highest honour for a female cadet. "I remember the Battle of Britain being fought in the skies above us and we shall never forget the courage and sacrifice of that time", she added, referring to the decisive encounter between the air forces of Britain and Nazi Germany over southern England in 1940.

Meghan Markle has evolved her style since becoming part of the royal family, seemingly looking to the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton for inspiration.

After a spectacular flypast over Buckingham Palace to celebrate 100 years of the RAF, nine jets from the Red Arrows turned the sky red, white and blue over a nursery at Staunton.

Aircraft representing the RAF across the decades will then be involved in the flypast over London at 13:00 BST.

The couple met RAF servicemen and women, charity representatives involved in the RAF100 Appeal, RAF Veterans and Civil Service personnel involved in the Centenary celebrations.

As she and her family left the chapel where Prince Louis had been baptized and began to make their way to a post-christening reception party, she told the phalanx of photographers "you're not coming" or perhaps "he's not coming".

Weather and serviceability dependent, it is expected the new cutting-edge stealth fighter F-35 jets will feature, as well as helicopters including the Puma, Chinook, Juno and Jupiter.

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

Meghan wore a black Dior dress with a boatneck neckline and a matching Stephen Jones fascinator.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have arrived at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the Royal Air Force.

Vanessa Coleman

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