The Duchess of Cornwall wished new RAF graduates the “very best of British luck” as she highlighted the Air Force’s “vital role in protecting our nation” during “troubled times”.
Camilla was addressing a graduation parade at RAF Halton in Wendover, Aylesbury, and expressed her horror at the suicide bomb attack at the Manchester Arena pop concert on Monday night, which left 22 dead and dozens seriously injured.
The Duchess said: “I know that each one of us feels the unmitigated tragedy of the horrific event in Manchester. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this truly dreadful time.”
Camilla, who is Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Halton, added:
“You are now airmen in the oldest independent Air Force in the world which, in these troubled times, continues to play a vital role in protecting our nation.
I wish each of you the very best of British luck.”