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Queen Elizabeth II visits RAF Brize Norton, 1971

Queen Elizabeth II visits RAF Brize Norton, 1971


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Queen Elizabeth II visits RAF Brize Norton, 1971

Queen Elizabeth II inspects a guard of honour formed by the RAF Regiment during a visit to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on 12th March 1971. Date: 1971

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1971 Brize Guard Honour Inspection Norton Regiment Visits Elizabeth Officers


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In this striking photograph, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II pays a visit to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire on the 12th of March 1971. The Queen, dressed in a coat and hat, inspects a guard of honour formed by the RAF Regiment. The soldiers, standing at attention, present a smart and disciplined appearance, their bearskins adorned with the insignia of the RAF. The Queen, who has served as the monarch since 1952, was making an important visit to this significant Royal Air Force (RAF) base. RAF Brize Norton is one of the largest RAF stations in the UK, known for its strategic role in air transport and air-to-air refueling operations. The Queen's visit was an opportunity for her to meet with officers and personnel of the RAF Regiment, a ground-based infantry force responsible for the protection of RAF airfields and aircraft. The Queen's inspection of the guard of honour was a symbolic gesture of her appreciation and support for the men and women who serve in the RAF, ensuring the safety and security of the country. The photograph captures a moment of regal tradition and military precision, as the Queen, with a look of approval, reviews the soldiers before her. The scene is a testament to the enduring bond between the British monarchy and the armed forces, a relationship that continues to strengthen and evolve in the modern era. This photograph is a valuable historical record of a significant moment in the history of the RAF and the British monarchy, offering a unique insight into the role and symbolism of the monarchy in the context of the military.

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