Air Commodore-in-Chief

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Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, wearing the insignia associated with her role as Air Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Observer Corps.

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.

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-chief[edit]

Prince Edward, Prince of Wales[edit]

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

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King George VI[edit]

King George VI held the following appointments:

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Queen Elizabeth II[edit]

Queen Elizabeth II held or holds the following appointments:

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Canada Canada
New Zealand New Zealand
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Prince Philip[edit]

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

Canada / Canada Canada
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Prince Charles[edit]

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

Canada Canada
New Zealand New Zealand

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