As we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service, I would like to thank Her Royal Highness for her continuous support of the RAF Benevolent Fund, being the charity’s Patron since 1952.

One memorable event for the Fund was in June 2012, when Her Majesty attended the unveiling of the Fund’s Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, London, the ten year anniversary of which is on June 26.

The memorial pays tribute to the 55,573 airmen who lost their lives serving in Bomber Command during the Second World War and the unveiling was attended by thousands of veterans and relatives.

Her Majesty The Queen has always been a tireless supporter of the Fund’s work, providing welfare services for the whole RAF Family – from serving personnel and veterans to their partners and children.

It is a privilege to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with cherished memories of Her Majesty’s commitment not only to the RAF but to all the Armed Forces.

Air Vice-Marshal Chris Elliot

Chief Executive, RAF Benevolent Fund