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Prince Harry poses with Battle of Britain veteran on 2015 Christmas card

December 23rd, 2015

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.”

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

Harry gave up his seat to ensure veteran Tom ‘Ginger’ Neil and two wounded servicemen could still take part in the biggest gathering of Battle of Britain aircraft since the Second World War.

Around 40 Spitfires, Hurricanes and Bristol Blenheim bombers are flying in formation from Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex before dispersing across wartime airfields over the South of England.

The Prince was due to have a seat in one of four two-seater Spitfires taking part in the flypast. But when one of the vintage aircraft developed mechanical problems, he decided to step aside to ensure the event’s special guests would still get to fly.

His spokesman said he wanted to make sure that Mr Neil would still be able to take part. And he wanted to ensure that a former para and an RAF corporal who won places on a Spitfire scholarship training programme were also still able to take part in the display.

Tom Neil - the man Prince Harry gave his seat up for in the Battle of Britain tribute

Last week, Kensington Palace released a touching family photo of Prince William and Kate and their two children George and Princess Charlotte.

In the image they are crouching down and Kate balances her daughter on her knee while her son stands next to her – and all four smile for the photographer.

Merry Christmas from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte

The photograph of the Duke and Duchess and their children will be used on their official Christmas card.

The card will be sent to organisations and individuals the royal couple are associated with.

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Armistice Day 2015 is observed around the world, in pictures

November 11th, 2015

Tributes will be paid today to the millions of British servicemen who have died in conflict since the start of the First World War. Here is a selection of photographs from around the world of this year’s Armistice Day commemorations.

Above: Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall attend the Remembrance Day National Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra

Picture: Tim Rooke/Rex


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David Cameron launches 2015 Poppy Appeal at Downing Street

October 25th, 2015

Ex-commando Mr Stonelake, who had a leg amputated after being blown up by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2008, was one of several beneficiaries of the legion’s work who attended the short ceremony.

This year’s poppy appeal was kicked off with the first ever poppy parade.

A procession made up of people who have benefited from the work of the charity carried the first poppy from its south London HQ to Downing Street, where they were met by the Prime Minister.

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The first poppy is carried from the Royal British Legion HQ in south London to Downing Street

The use of poppies as a commemorative symbol for the victims of war began in 1921 and was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields“, by Canadian military surgeon Major John McCrae.

They were initially used by the American Legion to commemorate American soldiers killed in that war and were subsequently adopted by veteran’s groups in Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Watch the video to see David Cameron receive this year’s first commemorative poppy.


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Pictures of the day: 13 February 2015

February 15th, 2015

Yeeee-haw! A flying frog looks like a rodeo rider as it effortlessly climbs onto a the back of a woodboring beetle. The photo was taken by wildlife specialist Hendy Mp in Sambas, IndonesiaPicture: Hendy MP/Solent News & Photo Agency


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Pictures of the day: 12 February 2015

February 12th, 2015

Nasa astronaut Terry Virts tweeted this astonishingly beautiful photo of the British Isles with the aurora borealis glowing over ScotlandPicture: @astroterry


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Pictures of the day: 11 February 2015

February 11th, 2015

Tigger the pony and Joker the dog have become best friends.

Great dane Joker and miniature pony Tigger’s friendship blossomed when their owner Ronnie Jones introduced them at her stables. And now, despite getting unusual looks when Ronnie takes them for a walk, the pair are rarely separated.Picture: MIKE THOMAS / CATERS NEWS


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Pictures of the day: 10 February 2015

February 10th, 2015

Rieke lies on a dipper changing table at the zoo in Berlin. The baby female orangutan was born on 12 January 2015, weighing 2.290 grammes.Picture: Ralf Hirschberger/Picture Alliance/Photoshot


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Pictures of the day: 9 February 2015

February 9th, 2015

And you are? A pride of lions come face to prickly face as they surround a porcupine in South Africa’s Kalahari DesertPicture: Philip Eglise/Hot Spot Media


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Pictures of the day: 6 February 2015

February 6th, 2015

A hiker observes the eruption of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano in the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion. After laying dormant for three years, this is the second time the volcano has sprung into life this yearPicture: Fabrice Wislez/AP


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Pictures of the day: 5 February 2015

February 5th, 2015

Visitors are dwarfed by giant snow Stormtrooper sculptures at the 66th Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo, northern JapanPicture: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA


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