Prince George Visits Red Arrow Hawk on First Royal Engagement

By Chika Dunu, Epoch Times

Prince George is on cloud nine.

The first born of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, attended the Royal International Air Tattoo at the RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire on July 8. This is the first royal engagement for the toddler. 

The trio were welcomed by Air Marshal Sir Kevin Leeson, chairman of the RAF Charitable Trust, and Air Chief Marshal Andrew Pulford, chief of the air staff, RAF. 

Clad in a white polo shirt and blue shorts, little George took in the sights of aircrafts alongside his parents. George was also granted the opportunity to sit inside the cockpit of one of the RAF Aerobatic Team’s Red Arrow Hawks. 

“Mummy, can I fly the Red Arrow now?” he asked Kate, according to reports by Hello Magazine. William reportedly told the 2-year-old, “Not right now.”

 Prince George sits in the back seat of a 'Squirrel' helicopter similar to the one that his father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge trained on during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince George sits in the back seat of a ‘Squirrel’ helicopter similar to the one that his father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge trained on during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Richard Pohle – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

George also witnessed a piece of history when he encountered a Squirrel helicopter. The helicopter is the exact aircraft William trained in while based at RAF Shawbury in 2009.

As parting gifts the toddler was handed a pair of blue ear defenders and a blue piggy bank.

Since becoming a father—to George and daughter Charlotte—Prince William has made it his mission to protect his children as well as others from bullying. In a newly-released public service announcement for Stand Up to Bullying Day on July 5, the prince called for action against bullying that can ultimately “affect any one of us.” 

“Bullying is an issue which can affect any one of us, regardless of age, background, gender, sexuality, race, disability, or religion,” William said. 

“It is our collective responsibility to be alert, and to be ready to challenge the behavior we see around us,” he said. “We all have a role to play to ensure that we do not stand by, but instead stand up, and put a stop to bullying.”

Prince George’s third birthday is just two weeks away on July 22.

 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Willliam, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Willliam, Duke of Cambridge and Prince George during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Richard Pohle – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

 

Prince George is lifted down from the cockpit of a red arrows aircraft as his father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge looks on during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Photo by Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince George is lifted down from the cockpit of a red arrows aircraft as his father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge looks on during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford on July 8, 2016 in Fairford, England. (Richard Pohle – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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