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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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Prince Harry gives up place on Spitfire display

Prince Harry at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex today.

Prince Harry has given up his seat in a Spitfire during today's Battle of Britain commemorations - instead allowing a 95-year-old veteran to take his place.

The prince's spokesman said Harry - who turns 31 today - had given up his seat after one of the planes was found to have a mechanical fault.

Tom Neil, an ex-wing commanded and Battle of Britain Hurricane and Spitfire pilot, will now be able to fly one of the three remaining vintage two-seater aircraft.

Harry had also wanted to ensure that the two remaining Spitfire flights in the display went to an RAF corporal and a former para who won their positions on a Spitfire scholarship training programme.

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