Tributes are pouring in from aviation organisations in the UK and around the world to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
‘The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom would like to express great sadness at the passing of our Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts remain with the Royal Family at this very sad time’ said David Monks, Chairman of the RAeC, on the association’s Facebook page.
The Light Aircraft Association (LAA) issued a statement saying that ‘on behalf of its members, [it] joins with the nation in mourning and offering its deepest condolences to the Royal family following the passing of Her Majesty. For more than seven decades she dedicated her life to public service with dignity and devotion, and was an inspiration to us all’.
Queen Elizabeth II was also Patron of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS). On its website, the body said: ‘The President, Trustees, Council, and members of the Royal Aeronautical Society express their sadness and send their condolences to the Royal Family on the death of Her Majesty The Queen, our Patron. We also send our sympathy and condolences to all the Queen’s people working in aerospace, aviation and space around the world, especially to our branches and divisions in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia and our members across the Commonwealth’.
The Queen was married to Prince Philip, an avid aviator with more than six thousand flight hours who passed away in April 2021. Prince Philip had also been the Patron of The Air League and the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators (now the Honourable Company of Air Pilots).
The Royal Air Force, British Women Pilot Association, Royal Flying Doctor Service, British Airways, the Farnborough Airshow and Boeing were also among the many aviation bodies expressing condolences.