The Duke of Edinburgh presented a squadron based at RAF Northolt with a new Standard at a ceremony on Monday (March 2).
Prince Phillip visited the military base in West End Road, South Ruislip, to make the presentation to 32 (The Royal) Squadron.
Around 60 RAF Northolt personnel took part in the parade, which saw the old Standard marched off. They were then presented with the new Standard by Prince Phillip, who also inspected the parade.
In turn, the Duke was given the royal salute and received three cheers.
His Royal Highness is the Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Northolt, and his visit comes as the base marks its centenary year in 2015.
Squadron Standards carry the battle honours of the Squadron and represent its ethos, traditions and fighting spirit. They are replaced every quarter of a century or so depending on wear and tear.
The 32 (The Royal) Squadron was founded on January 12, 1916, and its battle honours include the First World War, The Battle of Britain, and the First Gulf War.
Group Captain Andy Bacon ADC, Station Commander of RAF Northolt, said: “It is fitting that 32 (The Royal) Squadron receives its new Standard in March 2015, the month that RAF Northolt celebrates 100 years as an active military airfield.
“Both the Squadron and the station have gone from strength to strength and continue to give significant support to military operations and UK security across a particularly broad front.
“We are honoured that HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, as our Honorary Air Commodore, was able to present 32 (The Royal) Squadron with its new Standard as we mark this momentous occasion and RAF Northolt’s centenary.”
The 32 (The Royal) Squadron now operates in VIP transport and operational roles. It has aircraft and personnel deployed across the globe.
This year, RAF Northolt will also mark the 75th year since the Battle of Britain.