When the Queen first reviewed her air force

In 1953, the new monarch inspected the RAF at its early post-war height

With Queen Elizabeth II being crowned on 2 June 1953, it was deemed appropriate for her to undertake a Coronation Review of the RAF soon afterwards. Early proposals involved the review itself being followed by a repeat at Farnborough of 1950’s hugely successful RAF Display, though this was not to be. Furthermore, the minutes of the Air Ministry Coronation Committee reveal that, “the Cabinet Committee on Coronation Preparations had in the first place been reluctant to agree that there should be an RAF Review”. It only went along with it on the basis that the whole thing should cost no more than £16,500.

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