BRITAIN’S SHOW OF FORCE: Thousands watch huge RAF event over London

THOUSANDS of patriotic Brits gathered in London Tuesday, to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force.

The Met said there was between 65,000 and 70,000 people lining the streets of central London.

103 aircraft flew over central London to mark the centenary of the RAF. The display, included Spitfires, Hurricanes, a Lancaster bomber and the first public appearance in the UK of the F-35 Lightning stealth fighter, was the largest flypast over London in 10 years.

A huge crowd packed into The Mall to witness the spectacle with the Royal Family in attendance.

Meghan took part in her first balcony appearance as she joined Harry, William, Kate and the other senior members of the family at Buckingham Palace.

Earlier, the Queen praised the Royal Air Force for its “tenacity, skill and gallantry” as she handed the organisation its new colour – a type of military flag or standard.

She said: “Presenting the Royal Air Force with a new Queen’s Colour provides an opportunity to congratulate the service for your remarkable contribution to defence over the last 100 years.

“Tenacity, skill and gallantry have been your hallmarks as you helped safeguard freedom and security in many parts of the world.

“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.”

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