Royal inspection for King’s Lynn cadets
Lynn Air Cadets were inspected by the Queen at Sandringham last Friday – a repeat of an event that took place with her father in 1942.
To mark the occasion, 42F Squadron presented Her Majesty with a framed picture of that wartime inspection by King George VI.
A total of 26 teenage cadets and their adult staff travelled to Sandringham for the event.
On arrival at Sandringham House they were met by the Queen’s Equerry, Lieutenant Commander Andrew Canale.
With a cold rain starting to fall the Squadron was escorted into the house itself for the inspection to be carried out in its elegant ballroom.
At 3pm, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, who is Honorary Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Air Training Corps, were met by the Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Pauline Petch, who introduced her second in command Flying Officer Chris Barrett.
Many of the cadets were spoken to by the Queen and Prince Philip.
The Queen accepted a framed original photograph of the 1942 parade which was presented to her by Cadet Cpl Grant Ellis.
Before taking their leave the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh posed with the cadets for an informal photograph.
Afterwards, Cadet Flight Sgt Sam Oakes said: “His Royal Highness was very interested in how many cadets had achieved Duke of Edinburgh Awards.”
And Cadet Cpl Grant Ellis said: “This has been the best day ever.
“It was great to meet the Queen and to actually present her with the framed photograph... awesome!”
Flight Lt Petch said: “I have had some wonderful times since being in command at King’s Lynn, but this one day exceeded all expectations, absolutely wonderful.”
“It was a truly memorable experience for everyone involved and something the cadets, and staff will remember for the rest of their lives.”
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