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Queen Elizabeth visits RAF Marham

In yet another one of her signature stand-out outfits, The Queen dressed in vibrant purple visited RAF Marham yesterday as Honorary Air Commodore of the Station.

Her Majesty was on hand to officially open the Lightning Operations Centre.


A statement from Buckingham Palace said: “Her Majesty The Queen has today visited RAF Marham in her capacity as Honorary Air Commodore of the Station.

“Her Majesty was received on parade with a Royal Salute and afterwards witnessed a flypast by three Tornado GR4 aircraft.

“The Queen met station personnel and community volunteers before opening the Lightning Operations Centre and viewing a display commemorating RAF 100, the Centenary of the Royal Air Force.”


While there, The Queen presented the Firmin Sword of Peace to the Station. Station Commander, Group Captain Ian Townsend accepted on everyone’s behalf.

The award was given for RAF Marham’s for their actions in 2016 as they celebrated their centenary anniversary. It was also of the support they provide in Syria, Iraq and their own local community.

Group Capt Townsend told the Express: “It was wonderful to welcome Her Majesty to RAF Marham today and we are honoured that this was her first Royal Air Force engagement in the RAF’s centenary year.”

The children from Cherry Tree Academy lined up outside, waving flags has Queen Elizabeth arrived. Before she left, they gave her flowers.


The Lightning Operations Centre will be supported the F35B Lightning aircraft come summer 2018.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “The Royal opening of this operations hub for the F-35 brings us another step closer to these pioneering jets flying from their UK home later this year, and their take-off from the magnificent aircraft carrier which proudly bears Her Majesty’s name.”

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