Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall mark Battle of Britain

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Photo: SAC Sarah Barsby RAF - UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication on Battle of Britain Sunday at Westminster Abbey yesterday (Sunday 19 September 2021).

Spitfire and a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight take part in a flypast over the Abbey as the central band of the RAF play.

The Battle of Britain, a 112-day battle for control of Britain’s skies between July to October 1940, was the first major battle in history fought entirely in the air, and one which proved to be a dramatic turning point in the Second World War.

The service was led by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, who said in his Bidding:

“Once again we come together on Battle of Britain Sunday in this House of Kings and House of Prayer to give thanks for the dedication and heroism of members of the Royal Air Force and the allied air forces in that remarkable struggle for air supremacy over Britain in October 1940. Their courage marked a turning point in the war, for without their bravery it is hard to see how the Second World War could have been won.

“As we reflect today on their gallantry and fortitude, we remember all who have served and still serve in the Royal Air Force. We honour all who fight in the service of freedom; we express penitence for the suffering and destruction caused by armed conflicts; and we renew our commitment to work for justice, freedom, and decency.”

The Address was given by the Venerable (Air Vice-Marshal) John Ellis, Chaplain-in-Chief of the Royal Air Force.

Senior Aircraftsman Jessica Williams and Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, Chief of the Air Staff, gave readings. After the service, a Spitfire and a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight took part in a flypast over the Abbey.

Photos: SAC Sarah Barsby RAF UK MOD © Crown copyright 2021

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