Princess of Wales visits RNAS Yeoviltion

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The Princess of Wales visited RNAS Yeoviltion. This was her first time as Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm.

Catherine was treated to a flyover as she met with air traffic controllers. She received a demonstration of lifesaving equipment from Louise Evans-Hughes. The Princess of Wales seemed apprehensive to deploy her lifejacket. Louise later told reporters, “I told the princess there might be a bit of a bang because sometimes when the Velcro rips open, there is a bit of a noise. The princess was really engaged, really excited and asking loads of questions, which is quite nice.”


Catherine then toured the area of the Merlin Mk2 helicopters and visited the Wildcat Training Centre to see a training exercise.

RNAS Yeovilton’s Commanding Officer, Captain Duncan Thomas, said: “I am delighted and privileged to have welcomed Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales to the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton at the start of what I am sure will be a long and rewarding relationship in her capacity as Commodore-in-Chief of the Fleet Air Arm. We’ve all been hugely excited by this opportunity, and I am delighted that Her Royal Highness will be able to support and inspire our exceptionally talented sailors, aircrew and wider workforce family for years to come.”

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