Battle of Britain veteran from East Anglia is on Prince Harry’s Christmas card

Prince Harry with Tom Neil and Matt Jones after the 95-year-old ex-wing commander and Battle of Brit

Prince Harry with Tom Neil and Matt Jones after the 95-year-old ex-wing commander and Battle of Britain Hurricane and Spitfire pilot took part in the Battle of Britain Flypast to mark the 75th anniversary of victory in the Battle of Britain at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex. - Credit: PA

Prince Harry has chosen a picture of himself with a Battle of Britain veteran from East Anglia as the image for his Christmas card.

In the picture Harry is clasping the hand of 95-year-old Tom Neil, an ex-wing commander and Hurricane and Spitfire pilot who lives near Bungay, 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.


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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.

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“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.”

The picture was taken by the Press Association’s veteran royal photographer John Stillwell.

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