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Prince George has right royal tantrum at air tattoo

By Claire Hayhurst

The Duke of Cambridge showed his son the inner workings of a helicopter and the cockpit of a Red Arrow Hawk yesterday, but it all proved a bit noisy for the two-year-old.

The roaring engines at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford threw the young prince into a tantrum until he was handed a pair of ear defenders.

George, wearing a white T-shirt and dark shorts, met members of the Red Arrows display team in front of a Red Arrow Hawk shortly before they took part in the show.

The young royal also got a closer look at a Squirrel helicopter - the same aircraft William trained in while he was based at RAF Shawbury in 2009. The trip was the first time George, who turns three in two weeks, has joined his parents on an official engagement in the UK.

The royal toddler waved to waiting crowds as the family arrived at the airfield and pointed at airplanes flying above the site.

Flight Lieutenant Jim Hobkirk showed William, Kate and George the Squirrel helicopter. "Prince George was a bit overawed with the noise and being inside the helicopter," Flt Lt Hobkirk said.

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