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Prince George takes control as Wales family take in air tattoo

The Wales family did not let a little rain spoil their day out! As the school year comes to an end, the Prince and Princess of Wales took their three children to an air tattoo.

The family of five attended the Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire. At the event, put on by the Royal Air Force (RAF), the Wales’ got and up close look at aircraft and met with cadets.

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A poignant part of the day included a tour of C-17 aircraft that transported the coffin of their grandmother and great-grandmother, the late Queen Elizabeth II from Edinburgh to London last year.

The Prince of Wales looked proud as Prince George seemed to fit right in on the aircraft, raising and lowering the ramp, checking out the controls and pointing out items to his siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. Prince William is a former rescue pilot with the RAF Search and Rescue Force. He is also the Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Coningsby.

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The Princess of Wales offered congratulations to the winners of the Road to RIAT competition. The goal of this contest was to design a sustainable aircraft for the RAF. The Princess of Wales is the Honorary Air Commodore of the Air Cadets.

The Princess also stopped by the show’s Techno Zone, an area meant to encourage youth to become more involved in STEM and to consider careers in aviation and engineering.

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On social media, the Prince and Prince of Wales account shared a photo of the smiling family with RAF and US Air Force crews in the rain, or as the Wales’ put it: “wonderful British summer weather.”

The Royal International Air Tattoo is the world’s largest air show. 200,000 people attend the show which supports the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust. This trust supports the air force and inspire young people to be involved in aviation careers.