Queen struggles to hand over the new colours to the RAF because of the wind

The Queen found herself in a spot of bother today – when the wind caused havoc as she presented a new honour to RAF chiefs.

The monarch was at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace to mark 100 years since the air force was formed.

She was hosting an event to present the RAF with a new Queen’s Colour, at which she recognised the service’s work.

But the weather had other ideas, blowing the flag she was holding around.

A video clip taken at Buckingham Palace shows the Queen giving a wry smile as it came back under control.

She paid tribute to the heroism and sacrifices made my RAF service men and women, saying: "Tenacity, skill and gallantry have been your hallmarks.

"I remember the Battle of Britain being fought in the skies above us and we shall never forget the courage and sacrifice of that time.

The Queen watched Typhoons form the shape of the number 100 in the sky, before the Red Arrows, the RAF’s aerobatic team, concluded the show, vapour-trailing the red, white and blue of the Union Jack flag.

The 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, began with a service at Westminster Abbey.

Some of the veterans were due to attend the celebrations on Tuesday, including Wing Commander Paul Farnes, who flew in the Battle of Britain, and Air Commodore Charles Clarke who was shot down over Germany during the war.

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