Hello: Here's why Meghan Markle was only Royal not to wear brooch at RAF celebrations

Ksenia Novikova
Jul 20, 2018
03:29 P.M.
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The new addition to the Royal family, Meghan Markle, raised a few eyebrows when she made an appearance at the celebrations to mark 100 years of the Royal Air Force.


The Duchess of Sussex accompanied other members of the family at the Westminster Abbey on July 10, 2018, reported Hello Magazine

To commemorate the 100 years of the Royal Air Force, the British Royal Family attended a special service at Westminster Abbey.

All eyes, however, were on the new addition to the Royal Family – Megan Markle.

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Looking resplendent in a black dress with a bateau neckline by Dior, the Duchess of Sussex joined Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the service.


Markle did not sport any brooch for the event. The reason is that she has not received any honorary titles from the RAF.


The Queen, who heads the armed forces, has yet to award a role to the new Duchess. 

Despite a keen interest at the newlywed, fans found it hard not to miss the enormous diamond Dacre brooch worn by Kate Middleton.

The brooch has several jewels and is regarded to be the highest award that can be accorded to a female cadet every year since 1982.

It was awarded to the Duchess after she was appointed as Honorary Air Commandant of the organization, revealed a spokesperson from Buckingham Palace.


The last time she wore this brooch was in 2016 when the Air Cadets celebrated their 75th anniversary.

The Queen wore the Jardine Star Brooch, which has eight diamond encrusted rays separated by a single diamond in the middle and is surrounded by a cluster of eight smaller stones.

She had previously worn the same brooch when she visited RAF Lossiemouth, Scotland, in 2014.

The Duchess of Cornwall Camilla wore her RAF brooch as she is an Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Halton.


Princess Anne, an Honorary Air Commodore of Royal Air Force Brize Norto, wore a gold version of the RAF badge.

All members of the family that wore an RAF brooch since they have an honorary position with RAF bases or squadrons; Meghan however, will have to wait a little longer until she gets hers.

Megan is most likely to be accorded an honorary position as her husband has worked with the army for a decade.


In 1982, when the girls joined as Cadets, one male cadet would be awarded a sword while the one girl is given a sash and a brooch.

The tradition changed in 2015 when both the male and female cadets were accorded with a sword. The last cadet to win the brooch in 2015 was Lucinda Conder.

Speaking to Telegraph, she said it was an honor to wear the brooch and that “it is the best accessory.”