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Prince Charles visits RAF Cranwell for graduation event

Prince Charles visited Royal Air Force College Cranwell for a graduation event on Thursday, which ended with a spectacular flypast from the Red Arrows.

His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, arrived on the College Parade Square as the Reviewing Officer for the Sovereign’s Review at the Lincolnshire base.

He was escorted by the Commandant of the Royal Air Force College to take the Royal Salute whilst one Typhoon, from 41 Squadron, RAF Coningsby, provided a flypast overhead.

HRH, The Prince of Wales, taking the salute. Photo: RAF Cranwell

After reviewing the graduating officers, he presented the course prizes to the top performing cadets from each course.

The Queen’s Medal was also presented to the top performing cadet from all Initial Officer Training courses this year.

HRH, The Prince of Wales meeting Graduating Officers. Photo: RAF Cranwell

The graduating officers were configured on the College Parade Square in accordance with government guidelines. Musical accompaniment was provided by the Band of the Royal Air Force College, under the direction of Flt Lt Chris I’Anson, Director of Music.

In keeping with tradition, Prince Charles was invited to plant a lime tree beside the College Parade Square. After the parade, he met with the graduating officers on the Orange.

HRH, The Prince of Wales meeting Graduating Officers. Photo: RAF Cranwell

Air Commodore Suraya Marshall, Commandant of the Royal Air Force College, said: “We are immensely proud to have His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales as our Sovereign’s Parade Reviewing Officer.

“This day is all the more special as we celebrate the joint graduation of Initial Officer Training Courses Number 63, 64 and Specialist Officer Initial Training Course Number 3.

“The graduates have endured the most challenging of training periods, this is a truly unique occasion of which all participants can be justifiably proud.”

HRH, The Prince of Wales meeting Graduating Officers. Photo: RAF Cranwell

Flying Officer Deonte Jam said: “Today, is a truly special day not just for me but my family and friends. My cohort and I have worked very hard to attain such a great achievement.

“I am eager to excel and excited to see what new experiences my role will provide. I am truly honoured and grateful for such a great opportunity. Congratulations to my fellow cadets”.

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