This cover of Punch magazine issue 3-9 March 1971, is one of my prized possessions. The magazine was issued the week before Prince Charles started his training at RAF College Cranwell. I was at teacher training college in Lincoln at the time. My college was all female students until the year before my entry so we often linked up with Cranwell for Summer Balls at our college or theirs. Some lasting partnerships were formed - and many hearts were broken. We girls all rushed out to get a copy of this issue of Punch, as we knew it would be a great souvenir. At the time I was dating a cadet entry student at Cranwell, so the nearest I came to HRH was at a disco in College Hall Mess.
Sepia Saturday this week has a potential theme of flying contraptions, newspapers or silly hats. Well Prince Charles is a sort of flying machine on the cover, Punch is a periodical, if not a newspaper, and as for silly hats see above. And the young student pilot I was dating? Broken hearts I’m afraid, but a couple of years later I met a gorgeous graduate entry student engineering officer, my heart was healed and ....reader I married him!