His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales was the Reviewing Officer for the Royal Air Force College’s Combined Parade at Royal Air Force College Cranwell on Friday (29 April 2022).
His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales was escorted by the Commandant of the Royal Air Force College, Air Commodore Andrew Dickens, taking the Royal Salute whilst a RAF Voyager and two Typhoons flew overhead.
After reviewing the Parade of Aviators, His Royal Highness spoke to the parading personnel, their friends and families who attended this unique occasion.
The Combined Parade comprised of over five hundred Aviators that had graduated from their initial training during the COVID Pandemic period, when families, friends and loved ones were restricted from attending the graduation parades.
This Parade has enabled the RAF’s newest personnel to celebrate their achievements and recognises the crucial part families, friends and loved ones in the success of our people.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston said:
“We are immensely proud to have His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at our RAF Combined Parade today as our Reviewing Officer. This day is all the more special as we are now able to formally celebrate and recognise the commitment of our personnel who are just beginning their RAF careers and are the Next Generation Air Force.”
Corporal Smith said:
“Today, is a special day not just for me but my family and friends. I didn’t get the opportunity to share this day with my family when I graduated from Royal Air Force Halton in March 2020. Therefore, I feel grateful to have been given this opportunity today.”
Parade Commander, Group Captain Paul McClurg added:
“I feel truly honoured to parade in front of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, commanding our next generation of Aviators. The Combined parade recognises the hard work and commitment made by our Whole Force during the Covid pandemic”.
After the Parade concluded His Royal Highness, met with Aviators, families and friends in College Hall Officers’ Mess. Musical accompaniment was provided by the Band of the Royal Air Force College, under the direction of Squadron Leader Chris I’Anson, Director of Music.
RAF College Cranwell is a thriving RAF Station in the heart of Lincolnshire with a long and distinguished history dating back to its foundations as a Royal Navy Training Establishment in 1916.
It was the world’s first Air Academy and today, it continues to select and train the next generation of officers and aircrew.
It is also home to No 3 Flying Training School which delivers the elementary flying training for fixed wing and multiengine student pilots from the RAF, Royal Navy and Army Air Corps, No 6 Flying Training School which oversees all University Air Squadrons in universities across the UK, Tedder Leadership Academy and the Robson Academy of Resilience.