News & Events
10 July 2016
A group of cadets met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George at the world’s biggest air show, the Royal International Air Tattoo to mark the 75th Anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets.
Their Royal Highnesses attended the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, as Britain’s new supersonic F-35B Lightning stealth jet made its UK debut with a thrilling flying display.
During the Royal Visit, the Duchess – who was passed patronage of the Air Cadets by Prince Phillip – met 12 Air Cadets, Commandant Air Cadets, Air Commodore McCafferty and Ambassador Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman who were also attending the air show to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Air Training Corps.
The Duchess of Cambridge holds the title Honorary Air Commandant of the Air Cadets in her role as Royal Patron.
Air Cadet Warrant Officer Matt Soar, 19, of Bicester, who was among the cadets who met the Duke and Duchess, said: “I’ve been lucky enough to meet seven members of the Royal Family already – including the Queen – as I’m the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for Oxfordshire. But meeting Prince George was amazing – he seemed really interested in the aircraft. I never thought I’d be in this position before joining the Air Cadets.”
The Air Cadets had spent the day celebrating their anniversary at the air show, with more than 1,500 cadets on site on the day either visiting for the day, taking part in the events or behind the scenes helping to set up the show.
Earlier that day, 750 air cadets staged a massed parade in front of the RAF’s most senior officer, Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford, and the Air Cadets’ Ambassador, Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman.
Image 1: Cadets meeting the Duchess of Cambridge
Image 2: Ambassador Honorary Group Captain Carol Vorderman shaking hands with the Duke of Cambridge
Image 3: Cadet Flight Sergeant Eleanor Horton handing Prince George an ATC75 piggy bank