The Queen comes to Airplay

By Lennon Gallagher and Emma Stewart

27 November 2014 / Comments

Emma Stewart presenting a picture to the Queen

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited RAF Lossiemouth last week where they met some of the children who attend Airplay - a youth support programme for the families of service personnel, run for the Royal Air Force by the RAF Benevolent Fund with youth workers trained by 4Children.

Lennon Gallagher, eight, who presented a bouquet of flowers to the Queen, said:

"I had to bow and say, “Your Majesty, on behalf of RAF Lossiemouth” and she said the flowers were lovely.
Then the Queen and I went over to the Airplay section when she looked at our photos. Prince Philip asked me what my favourite photo was and I showed him my selfie! 
We all went outside to watch the fly past and we were waving our flags while The Queen went to Kinloss Barracks.
After that we went back into the building to have cake and I spoke to Moray Firth Radio, Royal Press, Northern Scot and the BBC.  It was like being an Airplay celebrity! The best bit of the day was handing over the posey to the Queen. I was very happy and proud, especially as my mum and dad were watching."

Ten-year-old Emma Stewart, who also attends Airplay, said:

"After Lennon gave Her Majesty the posy, we all curtseyed and said 'Your Majesty'. I had practised this lots and my mum had curled my hair especially so I looked nice in the photos.
After that we showed her our photos that we took at Camera Club and she was very impressed with my photo of the sunset on the beach at Lossiemouth. She said it was beautiful.
When everyone else went outside to wait for the fly past I had to stay inside as I got to give The Queen a present. It was a picture of a jet, a helicopter, the station crest, the loss lighthouse and a crown.
The Duke of Edinburgh was very impressed with my drawing and asked if it had taken me long. Afterwards me, my mum and my dad went outside and waved goodbye to The Queen.
"Meeting The Queen was amazing. She was really nice to us and wore a pretty purple dress."

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund funds Airplay, to help RAF community support teams provide a range of activities for young people living on and around stations.


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