Handshakes from Prince Charles and Camilla at the show.

Cadets from 42F (King’s Lynn) Squadron of the RAF’s Air Training Corps had the privilege of being able to help at Sandringham Flower Show.

The prestigious event, attended by Princes Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, returned  last Wednesday after a two-year break due to the pandemic.

Since 1999, the Squadron’s cadets have been seen on parade at the show and members have had the honour of meeting its royal patrons. 

Before meeting the royal guests, the cadets assist the organisers with car parking duties for the thousands of visitors who flock to the show.

In the early years, the cadets paraded before the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.

A Squadron spokesperson said: “The politeness, smartness and all round professionalism of the cadets has, over the years, seen their duties increase to now include lowering the Union Flag and raising the Prince of Wales standard as he arrives on the showground and assisting on the door of the Sandringham Royal Warrant Holders’ Association hospitality marquee.”

Once their duties have been completed the cadets are free to enjoy the show’s attractions after a change of uniform and a refreshment break at the Squadron’s civilian committee fundraising stall. 

Committee honorary secretary, Julie Lister, said: “It has been great to be back at the flower show again, everyone has been saying the same. 

“It has also been very heartwarming, whilst chatting with the visitors supporting our fundraising efforts, to receive so many positive comments about our young cadets, they have been so full of praise for them.”