Prince William takes heartwarming trip back to his old stomping grounds at RAF Valley

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His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales took a heartwarming trip back to his old stomping grounds at RAF Valley, even reuniting with one of his former flying instructors this week.

Prince William was welcomed by “typical Anglesey weather,” arriving in the usual wind and rain on Tuesday.

The future king, who lived on Anglesey with the Princess of Wales during his RAF days from 2010 to 2013, said:

“It wouldn’t feel like home if I wasn’t back here on a day like this.”

Despite the wet welcome, it was clear the visit brought back fond memories for the royal.

RAF Valley is the sole Royal Air Force station in Wales and is home to the prestigious No. 4 Flying Training School. This vital institution is responsible for training the next generation of fighter pilots and preparing aircrew for challenging mountain and maritime operations around the globe.

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Prince William was welcomed by Station Commander Group Captain Gerard Currie, Station Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Justin Wall and the Project Officer Squadron Leader Nicola Battersby.

The future king participated in a visit programme that demonstrates the role of RAF Valley in its contribution to Defence and the front line.

During his visit, the Prince toured various sections including Air Traffic Control, Fire Section including an practice state 1 call out, met the Units’ First Responders, a meet and greet with members of IV & XXV Squadron, a tour around a Texan aircraft by Officer Commanding 72 Squadron, was introduced to the Mountain Rescue Service (MRS) and their equipment and then finished the visit with meeting members of RAF Valley’s local community.

Photographer: Corporal Lauren Brown UK MOD © Crown Copyright 2024 –  MOD Crown Copyright News / Editorial Licence.

The Prince also presented the Prince of Wales award for the best qualified flying instructor to Flt Lt Jake Fleming, and met the response team from the RAF Mountain Rescue Service.

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