Allan Scott, a 94 year old World War II hero, first met the Queen back in 1943 in Buckingham Palace when he was decorated by her father, King George VI, for shooting down five enemy aircraft. Aside from being honoured for his bravery and service, the former spitfire pilot and veteran of the hard fought Battle for Malta remembers the occasion for being told off by the then 16 year old princess for not being in the right place after he snuck off for a cheeky cigarette. Fast forward more than 70 years and the holder of the Distingushed Flying Medal recently met the Queen for a second time at a royal reception held at the Edinburgh headquarters of Royal Auxiliary Air Force’s (RauxAF) 603 Squadron. When he was being introduced to her Royal Highness, the retired squadron leader brought up their previous meeting. The grandfather of three from Shrewsbury said “It came up when we were talking and she smiled. I’ve been looking forward to the visit, I enjoyed it very much. After all, I haven’t seen the Queen for around 70 years, so it was quite a thrill to see her again.” Does that count as a Royal Pardon?
July 26, 2015