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Prince Harry joins Battle of Britain commemorations

A memorial fly past of 40 Second World War-era fighter planes took place today to mark the 75th Anniversary of victory in the Battle of Britain.

After a service at St Paul's Cathedral, Prince Harry joined veterans at the flypast at Goodwood in Sussex - though gave up his place on a scheduled Spitfire flight after one of the planes suffered a mechanical issue.

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Corbyn 'silent' during national anthem at St Paul's memorial

Jeremy Corbyn opted not to sing the national anthem during a Battle of Britain memorial service at St Paul's Cathedral this morning.

The new Labour leader - an avowed republican who has previously called for the monarchy to be abolished - fell silent as others sang God Save the Queen during today's commemorations, the Press Association reported.

Jeremy Corbyn (right) stands silent as others, including Defence Secretary Michael Fallon (left), sing God Save the Queen. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Since winning the leadership election in a landslide vote, Corbyn has, however, accepted an invitation to become a member of the Queen's privy council.

Accepting a role on the council means he will receive briefings on issues of national security.

Jeremy attended today’s event to show respect for those who fought in conflicts for Britain.

As he said in the words issued this morning, the heroism of the Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain is something to which we all owe an enormous debt of gratitude.

He stood in respectful silence during the anthem.

– A spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn

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