Princess Anne pays tribute to British military
Britain’s Princess Anne has paid tribute to the No 30 Squadron during a centenary parade at RAF Brize Norton.
The 64-year-old royal attended an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the squadron, where she was saluted by pilots, engineers and technicians, among others.
She remarked: “Although 100 years have passed, the tradition remains the same. This is an opportunity to mark those achievements.”
The squadron began life in Egypt, in 1915, and in recent times, has been praised for it services in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Wing Commander Andrew Garbutt described representing the squadron as the highlight of his career.
The married father-of-three – who has been with the squadron since 2012 – told the Oxford Times newspaper: “Leading the squadron out of Afghanistan last year was a highlight.
“But today was a highlight as well, to take a squadron with the history that it has.”
Elsewhere, Michael Stockham – a Sergeant and engineer at Brize Norton – also said how proud he is to represent the British military.
He shared: “It’s a good career. The tradition means a lot to me and it is proud day.”