Prince Michael of Kent visited RAF College Cranwell on Thursday as the reviewing officer at the graduation of Initial Officer Training Course 31.
Following the Royal Salute and a flypast by the Red Arrows, His Royal Highness was then invited to inspect the officer cadets on parade outside College Hall.
After the parade he presented course prizes to officer cadet John Taylor (The BAE Systems Trophy) and officer cadet Andrew Sweeney (The Sword of Honour) and annual prizes to flying officer Mark Myers (The Ecole de L’Air Trophy), flying officer Gavin Wilkie (The Prince Bhandar Trophy) and flying officer David Stevens (The Queen’s Medal).
In his speech to cadets, Prince Michael said it was an honour to be at RAF College Cranwell representing the Queen on what was his first visit to the air base. Congratulating the cadets, he added: “You will have a duty as officers to lead, set an example and to look after others...and in the coming years you will make your mark. You have richly deserved your places as graduates at Royal Air Force College Cranwell, you are the future of the Royal Air Force, live up to it and God speed.”
The parade ended with a flypast by a Tornado 11 GR4, followed by a service of dedication at St Michael and All Angels Church. Before leaving the station, Prince Michael planted a lime tree to mark his visit to Cranwell and met with service personnel, pupils of Cranwell Primary School and children from nursery Kidzone.