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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.


Prince William gives royal seal of approval to Goole pupils

Prince William was in East Yorkshire today to launch a new award aimed at inspiring young people. The Duke of Cambridge was at Goole High School in his role as patron of SkillForce - a charity which draws on the values and skills of ex-Forces personnel to inspire youngsters.

And as James Webster reports, while he was there, some of the pupils managed to get one or two selfies with him.

Prince William reveals a liking for Coldplay

Prince William chatting to Goole High School pupils Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Duke of Cambridge revealed a liking for Coldplay when he met children today at Goole High School, but he warned against instant beef stew and dumplings when embarking on expeditions.

William spent more than an hour at the East Yorkshire school and spent much of his time apologising to the youngsters for the pouring rain.

"I'm so sorry I didn't bring better weather with me," the duke said to flag-waving pupils as he arrived.

Prince William talks to pupils in the rain at Goole High School Credit: ITV Yorkshire

William was at the school to launch a new award for primary school children asroyal patron of the charity SkillForce.

SkillForce draws on the values and skills of ex-forces personnel to inspire young people to achieve at school.

He watched the youngsters take part in a team bridge-building exercise in the school yard which was inspired by the 70th anniversary of D-Day later this week.

As he chatted to the school's samba band, which was providing the musical accompaniment, he refused an offer to play one of the drums.

He told one of the drummers: "I used to play the piano, trumpet and drums when I was your age but I couldn't read music. There's only so much you can remember from the top of your head."

And when one of the band asked him what music he liked, the duke was heard to reply: "I really like Coldplay, Linkin Park."

Inside the school, William chatted to pupils taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme who told him about their expedition planning.

Inspecting a packet of Morrisons Value instant pasta and cheese, he said: "Have you tried this before? It's OK, it's not too bad.

"It's better than the beef stew and dumplings which is quite a heavy one."

William chatted about the SkillForce initiative with staff, pupils and representatives of the charity.

The new SkillForce Junior Prince's Award is aimed at nine and 10-year-olds, especially under-privileged children who do not have easy access to these kind of activities.

It is particularly aimed as smoothing the transition for children between primary and secondary school.

The award involves team-building and problem-solving challenges, team sports, outdoor pursuits including camping, first aid, navigation, observing remembrance and community projects.

Goole High School has worked with a group of local primary schools to develop the new national award programme.

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