Countess of Wessex has been made an Honorary Air Commodore.
Sophie – who is married to Prince Edward – has been appointed to the prestigious position at Royal Air Force (RAF) Wittering in Cambridgeshire, England by Queen Elizabeth, to mark the monarch’s strong links with the service.
Staff at the base are delighted at the news and are proud to be given the opportunity to strengthen their relationship with the royal family.
Station Commander Group Captain Paul Higgins said: “We are extremely proud and honoured to have the Countess of Wessex as our Honorary Air Commodore.
“I look forward to strengthening our ties with the royal family and, in due course, to hosting a visit by the countess to the station.”
As part of her new position, Sophie will receive regular updates on the base and will pay regular visits to the area to visit servicemen and their families.
A Palace spokesperson said: “The countess is looking forward to meeting everyone at the station, once a date is set for her first visit to the base.”
Queen Elizabeth also honoured Princes William and Harry in the list, with Harry becoming Honorary Air Commandant at RAF Honington near Bury St.
Edmonds and William receiving the same honour for RAF Coningsby near Lincoln.