Meghan Markle HOLDS onto Prince Harry as Duchess arrives at Westminster Abbey for RAF 100
Meghan Markle put on a loved-up display as she held onto new husband Prince Harry for the RAF 100 service at Westminster Abbey this morning, with Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge joining the newlyweds to mark the centenary ahead of the landmark flypast over Buckingham Palace.
Baring her shoulders, the Duchess of Sussex stunned in a bateau neckline black dress with bespoke fascinator and nude heels.
Arriving with the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Prince William, Meghan smiled as the Royal Family made their way to Westminster Abbey.
The Duchess of Sussex wore a dress by Dior and hat by royal milliner Stephen Jones as she held onto her husband’s arm.
Inside the Abbey, Prince Harry was spotted cracking a joke with Prince Andrew as the Duchess of Sussex beamed at her husband as she attempted to contain her laughter.
Meghan, 36, and Prince Harry, 33, shared a touching moment inside the Abbey with the newlyweds seen smiling and gazing each other before the service began.
The couple, who have been married for nearly two months, were seen laughing and joking with members of the Royal Family as they waited for the Queen to arrive.
The congregation stood for the national anthem with American Meghan singling along to God Save the Queen.
Meghan was seen smiling during Bread of Heaven – a hymn, she and Harry chose for their Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle in May.
Today marks a busy day for the new royal with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex due to fly to Dublin this evening for an overseas trip.
The Duchess of Sussex wore a dress by Dior and hat by royal milliner Stephen Jones
Meghan was joined by her sister-in-law Kate, who chose to wear a coat by Alexander McQueen, a hat by Sean Barrett, and an RAF Dacre Brooch.
Despite still being on maternity leave, it is understood Kate, who only gave borth to Prince Louis just 11 weeks ago, felt the celebrations were important to attend if she could with the Royal Family having a strong connection to the RAF.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also attended the service and wore a white silk dress by Anna Valentine and a Philip Treacy hat.
Arriving at Westminster Abbey, Prince William was seen wearing the No 1 uniform of the Royal Air Force, as well as his RAF wings in recognition that he is a qualified RAF pilot.
Prince Harry wore his No 1 RAF uniform, with RAF Regiment shoulder flashes, in recognition of RAF Honington – the home of the RAF Regiment – and also for his role as Honorary Air Commandant of the base.
And Prince Charles also wore the No 1 uniform of the RAF for the packed out service in central London.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the RAF with a special service at Westminster Abbey, a parade and a flypast this afternoon, dubbed the “most powerful display of airpower the UK has ever seen”.
100 aircraft will thunder over Buckingham Palace as the Queen and members of the Royal Family stand on the balcony in a huge display of pomp and pageantry.
Huge crowds gathered on The Mall ahead of the flypast with thousands of people turning out to enjoy the 100 plane spectacle.
The head of the Royal Air Force, air chief marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said it is a “hugely important day” and the “pinnacle” of the centenary celebrations.
He told PA: ”Bringing together that big parade, the new colour and the flypast – this is going to be a tremendous day, and it is about commemorating all of our history, and it is about celebrating what we do today.”
Asked what message the flypast and parade sends to the wider world and any adversaries, he said: “There is a bigger message here, it is not just the quality of the people and the capabilities of the RAF.
“We are sending a bit of a strategic message of – we remain one of world’s leading air forces – deployed on operations in 23 countries, able to project that power and influence wherever it is required in the world.”
World War Two Spitfires will join the country’s newest stealth fighter, the Lightning F-35, for the momentous flypast.
Helicopters and spy planes will also thunder over London in tribute to the RAF, which became the world’s first independent air force when it was founded as a separate entity from the British Army and Royal Navy in 1918.
As 100 aircraft fly overhead, 1,300 serving RAF men and women will parade down The Mall.
Before the flypast, the planes gathered off the east coast of England to get into formation to fly over London.
Ahead of the flypast the Queen paid tribute to Britain’s flying aces and hosted a ceremony to present the RAF with a new Queen’s Colour.