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RAF's final preparations for the Coronation

Royal Air Force aviators are in the final stages of preparing their contribution to the ceremonial element of His Majesty the King’s Coronation.

Today saw the final preparations at RAF Halton for the RAF's ceremonial contribution, which will also see the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen Consort. The procession will escort Their Majesties from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey and then return to Buckingham Palace after the Coronation Service.

Flight Sergeant Scott is the Drum Major for the Central Band of the RAF, and will lead the Route Lining Party on Saturday.

“It is an absolute honour to hold this role, having also led at the Platinum Jubilee in my two years as Drum Major.

The early starts and long days on our feet have been challenging, but the good spirits and humour of the band has kept us in good form. For me the highlight will be being the first band to play the Royal Salute as His Majesty leaves Westminster Abbey.”

Flight Sergeant Scott
Drum Major, Central Band of the RAF

Since the end of April, aviators from across the Royal Air Force have been relocated at RAF Halton to brush up on their marching and rifle drill skills to ensure a seamless performance for the occasion.

On Saturday, the procession will consist of 6,000 UK Armed Forces personnel, with a contingent of 949 from the Royal Air Force and will be the largest military ceremonial operation for 70 years.