‘Royal’ prefix added to Air Force title

When Australia’s air service was officially established in March 1921 (see 31 March), its title was simply the ‘Australian Air Force’. A proposal had already been made, however, in the Air Council the previous month, to seek the granting of the ‘Royal’ prefix for the new Service. The request was submitted, and on 11 May the Governor-General, Lord Forster, was advised in a dispatch from London that the King had given his approval. This advice was relayed to the Defence Department on 20 June. Although the news appeared in the press three days later, it was not until this day that the change was formally ordered by the Governor-General, making this the start date for use of the RAAF name. The order was published in the Commonwealth Gazette on 18 August (No. 65, 1921, p. 1207).

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