Queen Elizabeth opened the new air base
Queen Elizabeth has opened a new air base.
The 90-year-old royal unveiled the new operating base of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) where her grandson Prince William works as a helicopter pilot, which is located at the Egerton-Smith Centre at Cambridge Airport on Wednesday (13.07.16), according to BBC News.
The Queen was joined by her husband Prince Philip – who married in 1947 – and were taken on a tour of the base by William who showed off an operational H145 helicopter to his grandparents before unveiling a plaque.
The couple then greeted a number of the charity organisation’s medical staff, support staff and fellow pilots before she left after 40 minutes to head back to Buckingham Palace, London, to greet the former Prime Minister David Cameron.
Meanwhile, the Queen has been praised as “one of the loveliest people”.
Speaking previously about the royal, John Letford, who served as Lord Provost for 11 years, said: “The Queen is one of the loveliest people you could hope to meet and I am honoured to have been guided her through two of her visits to the city.
“I was involved in both of her Jubilee visits to Dundee and they were absolutely magnificent events.
“Each time she has come to the city has been a fantastic occasion.”
And Elizabeth – who celebrated her birthday in April this year – has received a new portrait to mark her 90th birthday, which was painted from a sitting at Windsor Castle, Surrey, on March 18.
The piece sees the monarch adorn the robe of The Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle whilst she poses at the top of a stairwell in Archers’ Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland, which is where the masterpiece will hang.