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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 prepares for Battle of Britain Spitfire flight

Prince Harry seen at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Prince Harry will take to the skies in a Spitfire later as he plays his part in today's Battle of Britain commemorations.

Pictured at Goodwood Aerodrome in Sussex this morning ahead of the flypast, Harry - who today turns 31 - can be seen chatting with other aircrew taking part.

Harry and other aircrew chat ahead of today's flight. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The royal, who was seen sporting a beard and a badge reading 'Harry Wales', will be flying among 40 Spitfires, Hurricanes and Blenheims brought to the south of England from across the UK, USA and Europe.

Today's memorials mark 75 years since victory in the three-and-a-half-month battle, during which Hitler's Germany attempted to batter the RAF into submission.

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