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Royal seal of approval for RAF Coningsby's centenary celebrations

One of Lincolnshire's most famous RAF stations got the Royal seal of approval today as it celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Prince William, took the Royal salute at the centenary parade of 29 squadron at RAF Coningsby, of which he is Honorary Air Commandant.

His Royal Highness also took to the skies, but in a different aircraft to that which had originally been planned as Kate Hemingway reports:


29 Squadron 'honoured' by Prince William's visit

Members of 29 Squadron have spoken of their delight at Prince William attending their anniversary celebrations at RAF Coningsby.

Anniversary flypast at RAF Coningsby

RAF Coningsby is home to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. It held a flypast to celebrate the 100th anniversary of 29 Squadron.


Royal backing for York Mystery Plays

His Royal Highness the Duke of York and the Archbishop of York have been confirmed as Patron and President for the York Minster Mystery Plays 2016.

Prince Andrew has been named patron of the 2016 York Mystery Plays

Prince Andrew and the Archbishop have been long standing supporters of the Plays, which return to the Minster in May 2016 for only the second time in their near 700 year history.

The cathedral’s Nave will be transformed into a 1,000-seater theatre for the production, which runs for five weeks from 26 May to 30 June.

In keeping with tradition, a community cast will be at the centre of the production with just one professional actor, and recruitment for key roles including Adam, Eve, Noah and Satan is taking place this autumn.

Emmerdale star remembers Queen's visit

With her love of the countryside it's hardly surprising that the Queen chose to visit Emmerdale during her 2002 Golden jubilee tour.

She remarked to the cast of the show that it must be a dangerous place to live - and hinted that the programme had at least one royal fan. Emmerdale star Chris Chittell remembers the Royal visit.

Royal fan James' Maundy Service memories

In 2015 Royal Watcher James Taylor, who has travelled the length and breadth of the country to be at royal appearances, got to see Queen Elizabeth much closer to home, at the first ever Maundy service held in Sheffield Cathedral.

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