RAF marks centenary with flypast

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Hylands House in Chelmsford, Essex was treated to a special flyover by planes taking part in the RAF's 100th birthday celebrations enroute to Buckingham Palace in London.

In their biggest ever formation, 22 Typhoon jets spelt out the number "100" in the sky - an added surprise for the royals, personnel and the throngs of public spectators who had packed out the streets to watch.

The Royal Air Force marked its official centenary on 1st April but made a decision to wait for exactly 100 days until the 10th July to have the formal parade and flypast.

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The tribute to the RAF, which became the world's first independent air force when it was founded as a separate entity from the British Army and Royal Navy in 1918, began with a service at Westminster Abbey.

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Nearly 100 aircraft took part in the celebratory procession, including three new F35 Lightning stealth fighters, several military helicopters, and planes from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) including Spitfires and a Lancaster bomber.

Earlier, the royals and more than 2,200 people packed Westminster Abbey for a service also attended by Theresa May, defence secretary Gavin Williamson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The Queen, who didn't attend the christening of Prince Louis, appeared to be in high spirits at the RAF celebration.

The Duchess of Cambridge is clad in an icy blue Alexander McQueen dress with three-quarter length sleeves and her signature neckline, which she's paired with a matching hat by Sean Barrett and nude heels.

Prince William - the Duke of Cambridge - is the most recent member of the family to qualify, receiving his RAF pilot's wings in 2008 and later qualifying as an operational captain with the RAF Search and Rescue Force.

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