Her Majesty the Queen Visits RAF Marham
On Monday 3rd February RAF Marham were honoured to welcome Her Majesty the Queen to the Station in her capacity as Honorary Air Commodore.
Her Majesty enjoyed meeting personnel from across the station representing the many different RAF trades and professions. The diverse displays were arranged within a hangar and included imagery from Tactical Imagery-Intelligence Wing, a 31 Squadron Tornado GR4 and a well behaved spaniel from the Police Dog Section! All the areas from across the Station were represented including staff from industry partners; BAE, Rolls Royce and SERCO.
After completing her tour of the hangar, Her Majesty visited the Sergeants’ Mess where she was introduced to members of the Mess. Sergeant Alison Woods from Personnel Services Flight said “It was fantastic to meet and speak with Her Majesty once again. She was very interested in my role as the Deputy Air Cadet Liaison Officer for RAF Marham and the work the team does to organise and host the Annual Summer Camps. This has been a terrific way for me to start 2014”.
After visiting the Sergeants’ Mess Her Majesty went on to the Officers’ Mess where she enjoyed a luncheon prepared by the award winning RAF Caterers, led by Sgt Jason Woollet.
On exiting the Officers’ Mess Her Majesty was greeted by cheers from the crowd of school children from Marham Junior School. Five year old Owen Wright from Marham Infant School greeted Her Majesty while eight year old Caitlyn Tristram presented her with a posy, bringing to a close a highly enjoyable and memorable occasion.
As Her Majesty’s car swept out of the gates, crowds of families from Marham had gathered. Children and staff from the Rainbow Day Care Centre and Marham Infant School also braved the cold to line the route and wave flags as Her Majesty passed by them.
RAF Marham’s Station Commander, Group Captain Harv Smyth said “To have Her Majesty the Queen as Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Marham is fantastic for the Station and it was a privilege and an honour to welcome her here today.”