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Prince George joins his parents at Royal International Air Tattoo

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Prince George joined his parents to visit the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.

The two-year-old royal wore blue ear defenders as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toured the world's largest military air show.

The prince attended on the first day of the three-day event, which is expected to attract more than 150,000 people

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Image caption This trip is the first time Prince George, who turns three in two weeks, has joined his parents on an official engagement in the UK
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Image caption The young prince met members of the Red Arrows display team shortly before they took part in the show
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Image caption Kitted out with ear defenders, Prince George waved to waiting crowds as the family arrived at the airfield and pointed at airplanes flying above the site
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Image caption The toddler also got behind the controls of a Red Arrow aircraft and got a closer look at a Squirrel helicopter - the same aircraft William trained in while he was based at RAF Shawbury in 2009
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Image caption Flt Lt Jim Hobkirk, of the Central Flying School Exam Wing, said: "As I suspected, Prince George was a bit overawed with the noise and being inside the helicopter."
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Image caption Flt Lt Hobkirk added: "It was a nice family moment. The Duke was talking about ways of flying. George was very, very quiet."
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Image caption The young prince was invited to become an air cadet "in about 10 years' time"
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Image caption Air Cmdr Dawn McCafferty observed: "He's clearly interested, but it's his first air show so he was probably finding the noise quite loud."

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