Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Visits RAF Marham
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force (RAF) Marham visited the Station and its personnel on Wednesday 1st February 2012.
Her Majesty’s focus was on those personnel who had been part of Operation ELLAMY and those individuals who had supported the campaign. Her Majesty firstly visited one of the Marham Hangars where the story of Op ELLAMY and how it started was illustrated. Her Majesty first spoke with members of No IX (Bomber) Squadron who were involved in the early planning of the Operation. Her Majesty then moved to Tactical Imagery-Intelligence Wing and was shown state-of-the-art technology that was used to provide world class intelligence over Libya. Her Majesty was then introduced to Wing Commander Nick Tucker-Lowe Officer Commanding No II(Army Co-operation) Squadron, who became the Squadron in residence in Gioia Del Colle, Italy during Op ELLAMY.
After viewing a Tornado and its weapon payload Her Majesty was then introduced to the Community Support and Welfare teams who supported the families whilst their loved ones were deployed. RAF Police Airdog ‘Torres’ seemed singularly unaffected by the Royal presence, using the opportunity to have a big yawn! As Her Majesty exited the Hangar the children of Marham Infants School sang a song and presented Her Majesty with a spring bouquet. A Quarter Guard gave the salute as Her Majesty departed for the Officers Mess.
On arrival at the Officers Mess Her Majesty was received by the President of the Mess, Squadron Leader Charlie Donald and the Chairman of the Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Mess, Warrant Officer Dave Honour. Her Majesty then attended an all ranks Reception before taking lunch with a cross section of RAF Marham personnel.
After lunch Her Majesty sat for a commemorative photo with the Station Executive and Warrant Officers before signing the visitors book. As Her Majesty departed RAF Marham she was waved off by dozens of local school children who had waited by the Main Gate to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty as she starts a very busy Diamond Jubilee year.