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RAF Beards...?

Old 27th Oct 2018, 14:58
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Regarding #56,

(a) Harry's RAF Uniform fits like an old sack ("nice bit of stuff - when are you going to have it made up ?")

(b) When I was serving, beards were a no-no (Kings excepted !) Only exception I ever knew: in India on the RAF Ski School in Kashmir it was so cold that we were allowed to grow for the duration of the month's Course (results were varied).

(c) The ?-star chap appearing behind Harry and Megan clearly shows his disgust of the whole proceedings !

(d) I take it that the rest of the party are all RAAF (??) So have they given up that rich dark blue they used to wear ?

Just asking.
 
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Me thinks that sour puss in the rear is just showing his envy for the fine Bird that young man has pulled!

He also is considering there is Rank....and there is Rank and he is very much down on the Totem Pole as compared to Junior.
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Old 27th Oct 2018, 15:57
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Originally Posted by Danny42C
(c) The ?-star chap appearing behind Harry and Megan clearly shows his disgust of the whole proceedings !
As already mentioned, its the Duke of Kent, his father being killed in RAF service in 1942 in the crash of a Short Sunderland in Scotland.
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Old 27th Oct 2018, 17:08
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Could it be that Harry has declined to join Kent's merry band of fellows with the funny handshakes?
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Old 27th Oct 2018, 18:32
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Give the Duke of Kent a break - poor chap suffered a stroke a few years ago and is in his 80s now.

Prince Harry is one of those people who always seems to look ill-at-ease in formal clothes or uniforms and that face fungus does him no favours.

I see the Royal Family still refuses to use the Windsor knot - even though it's required in the AP for RAF uniforms. But I guess when it's Harry's grandmother's train set, they're allowed some leeway.

I recall the Admin Order for those attending the Silver Jubilee parade at Finningley in 1977 required Officers to wear gold cuff links with their shirts. I doubt whether the same applied to Sleepy Fred - and I'm glad that I managed to escape it.
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 00:03
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Could it be that Harry has declined to join Kent's merry band of fellows with the funny handshakes?
Would that be the merry band of fellows who gave away over £20 million to charities with no masonic connection last year? That sum includes the £2m raised by London Freemasons to purchase a new helicopter for London Air Ambulance. I would have thought that as a former helicopter pilot Harry would have rather approved, especially as he is also into charitable giving.

When I was a rockape the depot was at Catterick and although the station commander was referred to as the commandant there was no such post as Honorary Air Commandant, the appointment currently held by Prince Harry.

At the time the position of Commandant General of the RAF Regiment was normally held by a two star GD officer, the most senior regiment officer being an air commodore. In my time I remember the CG was AVM Bernard Chacksfield, who was a GD (P) and he certainly wore regiment flashes.


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Old 28th Oct 2018, 07:09
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Wings badge on Military uniforms












I understand that regardless of uniform, the wings worn are the ones belonging to the service in which they were awarded. Army for Prince Harry, RAF for Prince William and RN for Prince Andrew.
I believe that the various members of the Royal Family were awarded wings as per the annotations below.
Duke of Edinburgh - RAF
Prince Charles- RAF
Prince Andrew - RN
Prince William - RAF
Prince Henry - Army
Duke of Kent - ??? (With whom and when?)
Prince Michael of Kent - ??? (With whom and when?)

How does the above quote stand in light of the following images showing...
Prince Phillip with Army and RN wings,
Prince Charles with RN and Army wings,
Prince Andrew with RAF and Army wings,
Duke of Kent with RAF and no wings, and
Prince Michael of Kent with RAF, Army and RN wings?




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Old 28th Oct 2018, 07:57
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TTN, as Commandant is a post not a rank I think they made Harry a Commandant as he does not have sufficient seniority to be a Commodore. When it was first introduced there were enough senior Royals.

However I see he is a Naval Commodore. Edward is a Colonel and also a Commodore at Waddington, so I am not sure.

The link is a fascinating summary of military service. I wonder why Andrew has so few medals compared with his younger brother.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_service_by_British_royalty
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 14:44
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Originally Posted by Bob Viking
Thats just not true I’m afraid. Trust me.

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I know of a former RN chap from another hobby of mine that flew the SHAR and recently just left the RN (again) after flying the T2 at Valley. He has a big bushy beard and when I asked him about it, he told me that all he did was tighten it down for air combat to stop it slipping.
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 16:55
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I am led to believe that the rules for beards (when the RAF get around to allowing them) will be that the individual has to take two weeks off to allow for the full set to grow (can't have people at work looking unkempt). If on return to duty the facial hair does not past muster - SWO's inspection? - scrape it off. And the same rules will apply to the men!
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Old 28th Oct 2018, 23:13
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator
The link is a fascinating summary of military service. I wonder why Andrew has so few medals compared with his younger brother.
I suspect he wears the ones he actually earned, rather than was awarded. Edward no doubt got many for his involvement with the DofE award scheme and the Commonwealth organisations
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Old 29th Oct 2018, 08:30
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Perhaps mummy won't allow him to wear golfing medals☺
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P-N - Actually there is little disparity the two brothers' medals. To summarise, Andy now has 7 British orders and medals, including the South Atlantic Medal with rosette, and three Commonwealth awards, but he also has 3 foreign awards which would only be worn on certain occasions. Edward has four British medals and six from the Commonwealth but as far as I can discover no foreign awards so far.

Checking my figures for these I also discovered that Prince Edward is Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Waddington.

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Old 29th Oct 2018, 13:52
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TTN, joke, but thanks for the update, clearly Wiki is selective as lower down the page there are obviously many omissions.
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I’m slightly surprised by the generousity of the Canadians, awarding medals and Coloncies/Colonelcies in all directions.

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Old 29th Oct 2018, 21:01
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I had a coloncy thing a couple of years ago,
Pain in the ar^e it was.
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Looks like new policy wef 1 Sep 19 - same rules as the Navy. IBN to follow.
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Old 2nd Aug 2019, 13:31
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I am amazed that this gem from 1982 hasn't surfaced in this thread yet! Moggy - are you still out there?

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Old 2nd Aug 2019, 14:21
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Originally Posted by goudie
For some reason, which I cannot fathom, beards seem to suit navy types but not, I think, those in the RAF or Army.
Seemed to suit my Action Man though

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Originally Posted by OldnDaft
Looks like new policy wef 1 Sep 19 - same rules as the Navy. IBN to follow.
Oh deep joy. We’re going to be knee deep in SF and SAD operator impersonators. You just know there’ll be one on every camp.
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