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2012 tournament pays tribute to the Queen

To mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012, this year’s British Military Tournament will cover the "life and times" of Queen Elizabeth II, starting with the events of 1926 (the year the Queen was born) and finishing with the current-day military engagement in Afghanistan.

The event is described as the largest display of military theatre anywhere in the world and will include:

  • More than 600 participants (including active servicemen) and 150 horses.
  • The bands of the Royal Marines, the Household Cavalry, the Royal Artillery and the Royal Air Force.
  • The horses of the Household Cavalry competing with the motorcycles of the Royal Signals’ White Helmets over an obstacle course which includes jumps and flaming hoops.
  • A battle re-enactment featuring the Royal Logistic Corps in a dramatic bomb disposal in Afghanistan.
  • The largest massed bagpipe band seen at Earls Court since the Second World War.

Lord Ashcroft visits Bomber Command Memorial

RAF Bomber Command Memorial to be completed this summer Credit: ITN

Philanthropist Lord Ashcroft is to visit the Bomber Command Memorial for the first time today.

He gave the project the last £1,000,000 it needed to complete construction.

The Memorial in London's Green Park will honour the 55,573 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives in World War II.

The Memorial is currently under construction and is due to be completed by 28th June.

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Typhoons arrive at RAF Northolt

Typhoon fighter jets have arrived at RAF Northolt in West London ahead of a major military exercise to test security for the Olympic Games.

It is the first time that fighter planes have been stationed there since the Second World War.

The aircraft can travel at up to 1,370 miles per hour.

The fourth typhoon overshoots the short runway on its first attempt to land.

Public asked to be 'understanding' of disruption caused by Olympic exercise

The military insists that it is keeping disruption to a minimum, as it stages a training exercise in the skies of London ahead of the Olympics.

Fighter jets and military helicopters will be operating above the capital, so that pilots become familiar with the airspace.

They will also be testing procedures used to intercept and communicate with aircraft breaching restricted airspace.

Air Vice-Marshal Stuart Atha, Air Component Commander for Olympics Air Security said:

“We have sought to limit the amount of flying to the minimum required to ensure that our Forces are ready for their important role delivering air security for the Olympics, balancing this against the need for us to reduce disturbance to a minimum.

"But we hope that people will understand the need for this very important training, and we thank them for their continued strong support.”

– Air Vice-Marshal Stuart Atha, Air Component Commander for Olympics Air Security
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