If he ended his military career in the course of 2017, Prince William of Cambridge does not feel less close to the men and women serving his country and those of the Commonwealth on a daily basis. Thus, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force on March 31, Kate Middleton’s husband donned his military suit in a video tribute to the Royal Australian Air Force. “In the past 12 months, Australia has faced terrible fires as well as a global pandemic,” he recalls in video. “The Royal Australian Air Force has once again shown its ability to act quickly to respond to Australians in need.”
In his speech, the Duke of Cambridge praised the Royal Australian Air Force “for their incredible resilience, innovation and dedication to service.” He also highlighted the “very special bond” between the British Royal Air Force and Australian forces, and paid tribute to those who will have to continue the mission begun by Australia a century ago. “Although your second century will be very different from the first, I am sure that future generations of men and women in service will continue the legacy established by the courageous and hardworking Australians who operated in the first hundred years of Royal Australian Air. Force, ”he concluded.
Ex-pilot of the Royal Air Force
Like his father Prince Charles and many other members of the royal family before him, Prince William himself served in the British armed forces. First an army officer, he became a pilot of the Royal Air Force in 2009, where he was promoted to captain of the air force. After aeronautical training, he was assigned to the 22nd Squadron of the Royal Air Force and served as a co-pilot on the search and rescue helicopter, the Westland Sea King. He left this post in spring 2015 to join the charity East Anglian Air Ambulance, before ending his military career in 2017.
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