he Queen stepped out in superb spring climate at this time for her first in-person engagement for months, a she marked the braveness and sacrifice all through a century of the Royal Australian Air Drive.
The Queen, who can be Australia’s Head of State, was there to attend a service to mark the milestone anniversary.
Her Majesty’s Equerry Main Tom White, a hero of the Afghanistan battle who was concerned in a fierce battle with the Taliban in 2009, laid a wreath on her behalf.
Following the service, the Queen seen panels bearing the names of Australian battle lifeless and a show of fallen airmen and girls within the memorial cloister, earlier than assembly serving RAAF personnel.
She additionally signed a commemorative doc earlier than departing.
It was her first public correct engagement interacting with individuals exterior of a royal residence since October, when she joined the Duke of Cambridge for the go to to Porton Down, to satisfy scientists on the Defence Science Laboratory.
Her Majesty, who has been finishing up engagements remotely whereas in lockdown in Windsor Citadel, did some filming and an audio recording for Commonwealth Day earlier this month.
She final stepped exterior on an official engagement simply earlier than Christmas, the place she was joined at Windsor Citadel by Salvation Military volunteers and different Royal members of the family.
The earlier month she was current for the laying of the wreath at Westminster Abbey for Remembrance Day.
The CWGC Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede was opened by Her Majesty The Queen on seventeenth October 1953.
Immediately, 31 March 2021, the Royal Australian Air Drive (RAAF) commemorates 100 years of service to Australia.
From humble beginnings in 1921, the RAAF has grown into an Air Drive which Australia depends upon in each battle and peace.
Generations of Air Drive members have supplied excellent service to Australia – together with in WWII, Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Greater than 350,000 women and men have served within the RAAF over the previous 100 years, with over 11,100 shedding their lives in service.
The occasion at Runnymede Air Forces Memorial is the start of various deliberate RAAF centenary COVID Secure occasions and initiatives inside the UK, which enhance occasions that may happen Australia large.
The centenary program theme, ‘Then. Now. All the time.’ will honour the sacrifices and repair of the final 100 years, reveal at this time’s air and space-power capabilities, and encourage the following era’s curiosity in Air Drive and aviation.
The Duke of Cambridge may even mark the event with a video message, to be launched at 9.30pm on Wednesday, that displays on the service, braveness and sacrifice made by generations of Royal Australian Air Drive women and men.
The message will air on the RAAF Centenary Dinner in Canberra, Australia with attendees together with the Governor-Basic, the Prime Minister and members of the RAAF.
The Commonwealth Battle Graves Fee (CWGC) commemorates the 1.7 million Commonwealth servicemen and girls who died in the course of the two World Wars.
It additionally holds and updates an intensive and accessible information archive. The Fee operates in additional than 23,000 places in additional than 150 international locations.
The CWGC’s Air Forces Memorial was opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 17 October 1953. It commemorates greater than 20,000 Commonwealth airmen and girls who died throughout operations in north and west Europe and haven’t any recognized grave.
Greater than 1,300 of these commemorated at Runnymede served with the Royal Australian Air Drive.