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George joins William, Kate on royal visit

Press AssociationPress Association 8/07/2016

The Duke of Cambridge has shown his son the inner workings of a helicopter and the cockpit of a Red Arrow Hawk as the family enjoyed a trip to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.

Prince George wore blue ear defenders as William and the Duchess of Cambridge toured the world's largest military air show.

The two-year-old, wearing a white T-shirt and dark shorts, was pictured being led by the hand across the airfield after the family were greeted by Air Marshal Kevin Leeson, chairman of the RAF Charitable Trust, and Air Chief Marshal Andrew Pulford, Chief of the Air Staff, RAF.

They met members of the Red Arrows display team in front of a Red Arrow Hawk, shortly before they took part in the show.

And George got a closer look at a Squirrel helicopter - the same aircraft William trained in while he was based at RAF Shawbury in 2009.

Prince George has accompanied his parents on a working trip for the first time, visiting the the Royal International Air Tattoo and exploring a helicopter. © Richard Pohle/WPA Pool/Getty Images Prince George has accompanied his parents on a working trip for the first time, visiting the the Royal International Air Tattoo and exploring a helicopter. The trip was the first time George, who turns three in two weeks, has joined his parents on an official engagement in the UK.

George waved to waiting crowds as the family arrived at the airfield and pointed at aeroplanes flying above the site.

Flight Lieutenant Jim Hobkirk, of the Central Flying School Exam Wing, showed William, Kate and George the Squirrel helicopter.

William climbed into the instructor's seat of the cockpit of the aircraft while Kate and George sat together at the back.

"As I suspected, Prince George was a bit overawed with the noise and being inside the helicopter," Flt Lt Hobkirk said.

"It was a nice family moment. The Duke was talking about ways of flying. George was very, very quiet.

"He is not even three years old. He was very interested in the tail rotor.

"I imagine the Duke has told him about helicopters because he knew what it was - he kept saying 'tail rotor'."

After being helped out of the helicopter by William, George reached out to be carried by Kate.

She took him for a walk around the aircraft, with the Prince pointing at parts of it and the airfield.

"They seemed very relaxed," Flt Lt Hobkirk added.

"The Duke said he missed flying, he wishes he could fly more and he said he was envious of me.

"I think the Duchess was concerned with trying to make the young prince happy."

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