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UK: RAF's first openly transgender pilot came out to Prince William

UK's first openly transgender RAF pilot - who trained in Lincolnshire - has spoken about her emotions in coming out to colleagues, including Prince William.

Search-and-rescue pilot Flight Lieutenant Ayla Holdom, 34, is a decorated RAF officer who is Britain’s first and only openly transgender military pilot and trained at RAF Cranwell.

She told the Mail on Sunday she had always been "one of the boys as both a man and a woman."

Among the colleagues she told in a series of one-on-one meetings was Prince William, who was at the time a fellow co-pilot at RAF Valley, the national newspaper reported.

He showed support and understanding, she said. The Royal Wedding in 2011 was one of Flt Lieut Holdom’s first work-related outings after transition. She attended as a woman, accompanied by her wife Wren.

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