The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, has paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II after her death was announced on 8 September.
In a statement, he said: “It is with overwhelming sadness that the Royal Air Force and Royal Auxiliary Air Force mourn the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“During her long and glorious reign, she has been the embodiment of a life dedicated to the service of the nation and the Commonwealth, and for that has been admired by millions around the world.”
‘Pillar of strength’
He continued: “Her Majesty, as head of the armed forces, has been a constant source of inspiration and a pillar of strength to all who have been privileged to serve her.
“Those who had the honour of meeting Her Majesty will never forget their interaction and the deep sense of pride they felt in that moment.
“On behalf of everyone in the Royal Air Force, serving, retired, and their families, I offer our deepest condolences to His Majesty The King and the royal family.”
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