Royals join RAF celebrations at Westminster Abbey

GETTYThe Red Arrows will take to the skies to commemorate the RAF’s 100th anniversary

She broke Royal tradition again by baring her shoulders in the elegant pale pink dress at the Trooping the Colour ceremony, to mark the Queen's birthday.

The Royals watched as Typhoons formed the shape of the number 100 in the sky, before the Red Arrows - the RAF's aerobatic team - concluded the show, vapour-trailing the red, white and blue of the Union Jack flag.

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First on the agenda was a service in Westminster Abbey celebrating 100 years of the RAF, which came into formal existence on April 1, 1918, just a few months before the end of World War I.

In a brief speech, she congratulated the RAF for a "remarkable contribution to defense" over the last 100 years, saying "tenacity, skill and gallantry" had been its hallmarks.

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Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, Camilla the Duchess of Cornwall, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Prince William and his wife Kate the Duchess of Cambridge, as they watch a Royal Air Force aircraft pass over Buckingham Palace in London.

Meanwhile, social media pages for the Royal family shared an array of vintage photographs celebrating the family contributing to the RAF throughout its 100 years.

The flypast was watched by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family from the palace balcony.

After the brief speech, the Queen joined the rest of the royals up on the palace balcony to watch nearly 100 aircraft, from Second World War Spitfires to the newest stealth fighter jet, fly over the palace.

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The Queen recalled how her father was the first member of her family to qualify as an RAF pilot and served alongside the service's founder Lord Trenchard.

Puma and Chinook helicopters began the spectacle, followed by aircraft including a Lancaster, Spitfires, Hurricanes, Tornados and three F-35 stealth fighter jets.

Westminster Abbey will host a special service and more than a thousand servicemen and women will take part in a parade on The Mall.

The Duchess of Cambridge, wore a dress by her go-to designer Alexander McQueen for the occasion, looked overjoyed as she cradled Prince Louis and spoke to the Archbishop.

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