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RAF Halton enjoys visit from royalty

RAF Halton enjoys visit from royalty

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 2:19pm 11th July 2019. (Updated at 2:43pm 11th July 2019)

RAF Halton enjoyed a very special visit from a member of the royal family today (11th July).

The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker Bowles, visited the base this morning to mark its Centenary year. 

She landed just before 11am and went to view the reconstructed World War 1 Trenches. 

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Her Royal Highness walked down to the trenches

The trenches replicate those that were built during the War in order to train soldiers on how to survive on the Western Front.

The Duchess meet a number of re-enactors who were dressed in period uniform.

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After a briefing on the history of the trenches HRH then moved across to the Initial Force Protection Training (I.F.P.T) Hangar.

Many recruits were undergoing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training there.

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The Duchess observed and chatted to a number of recruits about the training they were going through. 

She was then also shown an interactive Weapon Handling lesson.

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But, it wasn't only RAF Halton personnel that got to meet The Duchess of Cornwall.

Pupils at Halton Combined School were also involved. 

Her Royal Highness officially opened the RAF Halton Youth Activities Centre, where she was greeted by some of the children.

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She was then taken inside where there was lots going on.

Many tables were filled with young children undertaking activities that would take place in the centre.

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The young people included groups from the Scouts, Guides and Airplay.

HRH also got involved in a game of table tennis.

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A number of community groups were also there to greet her. 

The Duchess then signed the Visitors Book and unveiled a plaque to officially open the centre.

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There was also, obviously, cake to celebrate which was cut by HRH.

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The last time the Duchess of Cornwall visited RAF Halton was in May 2017 when she presented the new Colours.

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The centre will now be used by RAF Halton, community groups and schools in the area.

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