“It’s a great honor,” flight commander Iain “Spike” Wright,” 42, who is the prince’s line manager, told U.K.’s The Telegraph about getting an invitation. “Then I relaxed and thought, ‘This is actually going to be quite good fun.’ ”
Other members of the squad say they’re looking forward to attending, along with their spouses.
“First of all, I couldn’t believe it,” flight lieutenant Thomas “Sticky” Bunn, 38, told the paper. “My wife certainly couldn’t. When that envelope drops through the door with a Buckingham Palace stamp on it, it’s not something you see everyday.”
And Bunn says Prince William is a pleasure to work with.
“He’s a really nice guy to have in the squadron,” he says.
Added Wright: “He is a natural. He just seems to be able to cope with everything we throw at him.”