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Prince Harry to attend Battle of Britain flypast on his 31st birthday

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Prince Harry will make his return to royal duties in September following his three-month visit to Africa. The Prince, who has spent the summer carrying out conservation projects in Southern Africa, will attend a Battle of Britain 75th anniversary flypast on 15 September.

The date of the engagement coincides with Harry's 31st birthday, but he will be happy to spend his special day commemorating a cause close to his heart. Harry will be joining scholars from Endeavour Fund – a fund set up by the Royal Foundation to support the recovery of wounded and sick service personnel – for the flypast at Goodwood Aerodrome.

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Prince Harry will attend a Battle of Britain flypast on 15 September

Organised by the Boultbee Flight Academy, an estimated 40 Spitfires, Hurricanes and Blenheims from across the UK, USA and Europe will take part in the flypast over the South of England, across WW2 airfields. The event brings more Battle of Britain aircraft together in one place than at any time since World War Two, as a show of thanks from this generation to 'The Few' for the sacrifices they made.

The engagement was confirmed in a series of tweets from Kensington Palace on Wednesday morning, explaining: "Prince Harry to join @endeavourfund scholars during a #BoB75 Anniversary flypast @boultbeeacademy on 15 Sep.

"Flypast will bring more BoB aircraft together since #WW2, as a show of thanks from this generation to 'The Few'".

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Prince Harry has missed a number of events during his three-month long assignment, including the christening of his niece Princess Charlotte on 5 July. While talking about the vital work he has been carrying out in Africa, the 30-year-old joked that he was "a bad uncle" for not being there when Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, marked their daughter's big day.

According to the Mail on Sunday, Harry made the comments when chatting with conservation workers about their families. Simson Uri-Khob who runs Save the Rhino said: "(The Prince said) 'What a bad uncle I am! I should really be there. But today I am here, this is where I want to be.'"

Harry will have plenty of time to catch up with his family when he returns to the UK, where he is expected to work as a volunteer with the Personnel Recovery Unit of London district this autumn. He is then confirmed to undertake official visits to America, South Africa and Lesotho later this year.

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