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Queen praises RAF's gallantry as Mall flypast celebrates centenary

Queen praises RAF's gallantry as Mall flypast celebrates centenary

The American actress turned British royal, who was just yesterday criticized by social media fashionistas for wearing a "drab" olive green ensemble to Prince Louis' christening, set the world ablaze in a stunning custom Dior hours later when she joined fellow royals to celebrate Royal Air Force's 100th anniversary celebrations at Westminster Abbey this morning. Earlier in the day, the Queen had congratulated the RAF for its "remarkable contribution to defence" over the past 100 years and presented a new Queen's Colour to the air force to mark the occasion.

Queen Elizabeth presided over a ceremony honoring the RAF, and said "tenacity, skill and gallantry" had always been the hallmarks of the service.

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. "I remember the Battle of Britain being fought over the skies above us, and we shall never forget the courage and sacrifice of that time", she said.

Prince Louis was christened at the Chapel Royal at St. James Palace in front of many members of the royal family on Monday, July 9.

The Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service merged to create the RAF in 1918.

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Celebrations began with a service at Westminster Abbey, attended by Prime Minister Theresa May, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Hundreds of servicemen and women then took part in a parade on the Mall, leading up to Buckingham Palace, before members of the royal family gathered to watch the flypast, which included Chinooks, Spitfires, Hawks and Red Arrows. This was an opportunity to meet RAF veterans, serving personnel and their families.

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.

The Queen's involvement in the celebrations meant much to the RAF representatives taking part; Her Majesty's father was one of the air force's founder members and she has known all 31 of the officers who have served as chief of the air staff.