The different ceremonial flags or ‘Colours’ of the Australian Defence Force hold a revered position of honour. They are the embodiment of Service traditions, achievements and history. Each military unit has its own distinctive Colours, or flags, which were historically used in battle to signify the location of each unit. Although they are no longer carried into battle, Colours are still very symbolic, constituting a unit or Service’s honour and representing its devotion to duty.
To mark a special anniversary or event in a military force’s history, the Queen will occasionally present the unit or in this case Service with a new regimental flag, or 'Colour', as part of a formal ceremony. The Presentation involves a parade and an inspection by the Queen, a Member of the Royal Family, or the Governor General.
The Royal Australian Air Force will receive a new Queen’s Colour on the occasion of its Centenary on 31 March 2021. Also on parade will be all of the colours, standards and banners of the Royal Australian Air Force and a flypast will take place. The event will take place in Canberra and will broadcast live on national television and online.
Watch the ABC's live broadcast here from 10am ADST.
All Air Force 2021 events will be COVID-compliant and in line with state and territory requirements. Please refer to this event page for updates.
Due to COVID restrictions, this is a ticketed event. The ballot for tickets has now closed.
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