Prince Harry poses with veteran for Christmas card

Prince Harry's Christmas card Credit: John Stillwell/PA

Prince Harry has chosen a picture of himself with a Battle of Britain veteran as the image for his Christmas card.In the picture Harry is holding the hand of 95-year-old Tom Neil, an ex-wing commander and Hurricane and Spitfire pilot, who fought in the famous aerial battle.

The photograph was taken on the day a Battle of Britain flypast was held to mark the 75th anniversary of the conflict.The Prince celebrated his 31st birthday that day - September 15 - and was due to fly in one of four two-seater Spitfires taking part.But when one of the vintage aircraft developed mechanical problems he stepped aside and allowed Mr Neil to have his place.

Harry has used an image from Battle of Britain anniversary events for this year's Christmas card. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

During the event a total of 33 Spitfires, Hurricanes and Bristol Blenheim bombers flew from Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex before dispersing across wartime airfields over the South of England.A Kensington Palace spokesman said: "Prince Harry has chosen this photograph with Battle of Britain veteran Tom Neil for his Christmas card."He considered it a great honour to meet Tom during the Battle of Britain flypast in September. It was one of his most memorable moments of 2015."