Queen Mother presents standard to 600 Squadron of RAAF.
Unissued / unused material.
Buckingham Palace, London.
Presentation of Squadron Standard by Queen Mother to 600 City of London Squadron RAAF. Various shots people watching from behind a cordon. L/S Queen Mother approaching dais from the Palace. Various shots Queen Mother inspecting the parade and then returning to the dais. Various shots Queen Mother presenting the standard. Queen Mother steps up to the microphone and makes speech (natural sound):
"It was to mark the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force that the King in 1943 gave his approval and he awarded a standard to every squadron that had completed twenty five years service. I know that it was his wish that my squadron, No. 600, should come to Buckingham Palace, to receive their standard. I am very mindful too of the care and the craftsmanship of the ground crew, for in a new field of engineering they have never failed in the services upon which the safety of their pilots depends. Your squadron, formed in 1925, has the longest service in Royal Auxiliary Air Force and was well established when it first saw active service in 1940 when England stood alone in the path of the enemy. 600 squadron took the skies alongside the regular squadrons, and both by day and by night was at the forefront of the battle, which turned the invaders relentless advances. Further afield in North Africa and Italy, 600 Squadron gained new honours as the great battle for freedom was fought out to ultimate victory, and I'm deeply conscious of the gallant young lives of your comrades which have been laid down for duty. In handing over to the safe keeping of 600 Squadron, I am confident that you will honour it as a shrine of the past tradition, as a symbol of the long and distinguished service of your squadron, it will always be a reminder of the devotion and sacrifices your duty requires.
L/S march past by 600 Squadron, good view palace in background. Old records give date as 16/05/1953.