Air commodore-in-chief

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Air Commodore-in-Chief is a senior honorary air force appointment which originated in the Royal Air Force and now exists in the air forces of various Commonwealth realms. Appointees are made Air Commodore-in-Chief of a large air force organisation or formation. Initially only the British monarch held air commodore-in-chief appointments. However, since the second half of the 20th century, other members of the royal family have been appointed to such positions in the United Kingdom and the other realms such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand. As of 2020, these appointments have been given to just six senior members of the royal family, of whom four were reigning or future monarchs of the Commonwealth realms.

Air commodore-in-chief appointments do not confer a rank, be it air commodore or otherwise. Air commodore-in-chief appointments are more senior than honorary air commodore appointments. The equivalent naval title of Commodore-in-Chief was introduced in 2006.

Air commodores-in-chiefEdit

Prince Edward, Prince of WalesEdit

Prince Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and then Duke of Windsor), held the following appointments:

  United Kingdom

King George VIEdit

King George VI held the following appointments:

  United Kingdom

Queen Elizabeth IIEdit

Queen Elizabeth II held or holds the following appointments:

  New Zealand
  United Kingdom

Prince PhilipEdit

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, holds the following appointments:

  /   Canada
  United Kingdom

Prince CharlesEdit

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, holds the following appointments:

  New Zealand

The Duchess of CambridgeEdit

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, holds the following appointments:

  United Kingdom


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