Queen’s Colours Presentation Flypast
To mark the 90th anniversary of the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will present new Queen’s Colours to the RAF in the United Kingdom and the RAF Regiment during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, on Friday 11 July 2008.
In honour of this significant event, the RAF will stage a 90-aircraft mass flypast featuring most of the aircraft types currently in service, followed by flying display vignettes depicting aircraft of the The First World War, the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight from the Second World War and multi-role Eurofighter Typhoons of the present day RAF.
A parade of nearly 800 RAF personnel and more than 60 Squadron Standards will be formed up on the parade ground at Fairford to welcome the Queen watched by 5,000 invited guests representing current serving members of the RAF and its various associations and charities.
This will be the largest RAF parade since the Queen conducted a “Silver Jubilee” Review of the RAF at RAF Finningley, Yorkshire in 1977, while the flypast will be the largest since that which marked the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 1990, when 168 aircraft flew over Buckingham Palace.
After the Royal salute four Typhoon aircraft will fly past in formation, following which the Queen will be invited to review the Parade. There will then be a drumhead blessing service for the new Queen’s Colours followed by a short speech from the Queen. The Parade will march past Her Majesty with the new Queen’s Colours and the ceremony will close with three cheers for the Queen.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will meet Military and Civic dignitaries before lunch with RAF personnel, following which they will meet further RAF personnel and families representing 90 years of the Royal Air Force, just before viewing the flypast.