Prince William, groom-to-be and all around hero in the Royal Air Force, was visited by his royal grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and his grandfather Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh at the RAF Valley in Anglesey today for a little chat. Altho the strong winds threatened to ruin the day, the Queen soldiered thru the gale force winds to make her appointment. Check out cute photos of grandmother and grandson below.
The Queen had to hang on to her hat today as she visited grandson Prince William’s RAF base in Anglesey in high winds. She and Duke of Edinburgh saw William for the first time in his working environment as he gave them a personal tour of an RAF search and rescue helicopter at RAF Valley. The Queen, who was wearing a Stewart Parvin claret cashmere coat, also wore a matching Rachel Trevor-Morgan hat and had to hang on to it as they got off an executive jet after flying from London to be greeted by high winds of 45-50mph. The couple were greeted by station commander Group Captain Bruce Hedley, and were played the National Anthem before being taking to the search and rescue headquarters (SAR), where Prince William carries out his duties. The visit comes as the the prince has been speaking of the importance of his work after showing his skills in a practice mission. William, who also revealed his nerves over his forthcoming wedding, met his grandmother in a hangar next to the SAR building, where he greeted her with a ‘hello’ and a kiss. He said ‘I was worried your hat would blow off’ before showing her and the Duke around an RAF Sea King helicopter. William showed how the helicopter is used to winch people to safety, telling the Queen about some of the rescues he has carried out – which he has also previously admitted can get quite ‘hairy’. The Queen unveiled a plaque in the Search and Rescue Force building, as well as signing a visitors’ book, when she joked: ‘Do you really think that is my name?’ She also visited the Moran Building, a new training facility for Hawk pilots, which she was due to open officially in December when she could not make it because of the snow. Posing for a group photo, she joked to the photographer: ‘Can you get far enough away?’
We rarely get to see the Queen and Prince Wills all alone and we never get to see them together in an official capacity. These are great photos. I’m not sure if it’s just me but it appears that the British Royal Family are lot more active these days leading up to the Royal Wedding later this month. It’s very likely that it’s pretty much business as usual where the Royal Family is concerned but all the excitement surrounding the wedding just seems to heighten the exposure … at least, to me. These are really cute pics. I’d love to see more photos of the Queen and the Prince hanging out more often.