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The Kents

The Duke of Kent visits Westminster Abbey to lay a wreath at the grave of Viscount Trenchard

The Duke of Kent visited Westminster Abbey on Thursday, February 9, to lay a wreath in memory of Hugh Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard.

Born in 1873, Trenchard was considered by many to be the father of the Royal Air Force, playing an instrumental role in establishing the areal warfare branch of the military in 1918.

Trenchard had a distinguished military career, being made head of the Royal Flying Corps at the start of the first World War.

He was later appointed Chief of the Air Staff of the Royal Air Force, which he helped establish in the early 20th century.

He later became the first Marshal of the RAF, and was made a Viscount in 1936, being upgraded from a Baron.

Trenchard’s ashes are buried in the RAF Chapel at Westminster Abbey following his death in 1956 aged 83.

Each year on the anniversary of his death, a wreath is laid on his grave in memory of one of the most instrumental figures in British military history.

This year, the Duke of Kent laid a wreath at the grave.

His Royal Highness is President of the RAF Benevolent Fund which Trenchard founded.