Having been asked to produce a cover to mark the tenth anniversary of the formation of The Royal Squadron, which came about from the end of the Queen?s Flight and No 32 Squadron taking on the role. As this coincided with the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla, it seemed fitting to combine the two occasions.
We have selected the Squadron's British Aeropace BAe 146 of No 32 (The Royal) Squadron at RAF Northolt for the artwork, an aircraft which Prince Charles is qualified to fly. The painting was especially commission from Ross Wardle, who was one of the Matchbox Kits artists before the company dropped out of kit market.
The cover has been flown in BAe146 ZE700 of No 32 (The Royal) Squadron carrying the Royal Party to Scotland after the Wedding.
The cover bears the 30p & 68p Royal Wedding - HRH The Prince of Wales and Mrs Camilla Parker Bowles stamps cancelled with BFPS 2840 postmark for the 10th Anniversary of No 32 (The Royal) Squadron and commemorating the Royal Wedding dated 8 April 2005.
Hand signed by the crew of the flight who flew the Royal Party from RAF Northolt to Dyce Airport, Aberdeen, carrying the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall following their wedding.
Captain: Flight Lieutenant S Courtnadge B Eng RAF
Copilot: Flight Lieutenant E Whyte RAF
Senior Steward: Warrant Officer M Barton
Steward: Sergeant P Milverton