A palace party reward for air cadet

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Matthew Booth, of the 2522 Bedlington Air Cadet Squadron, enjoyed an unforgettable day earlier this month as he attended the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace, hosted by ​the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.

The 19-year-old Cadet Warrant Officer (CWO) was invited by the Duchess of Northumberland and the Lord Lieutenant’s Office in recognition of his service as a Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for 2017.

As well as the party, CWO Booth and his proud parents, pictured, visited some of the war memorials in the area – including the recently-commissioned Bomber Command memorial – to pay their respects in this very important centenary year for the RAF.

They stayed at the RAF Club in Piccadilly, which is a 10-minute walk from the palace and such a prestigious place to stay as it is steeped in history.