Prince Harry’s Christmas card honours Norfolk Battle of Britain veteran Tom Neil

The Christmas card. Prince Harry with Tom Neil after the 95-year-old ex-wing commander and Battle of

The Christmas card. Prince Harry with Tom Neil after the 95-year-old ex-wing commander and Battle of Britain Hurricane and Spitfire pilot took part in the Battle of Britain Flypast to mark the 75th anniversary of victory in the Battle of Britain at Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex. Image: PA/John Stillwell - Credit: PA

Prince Harry has sent out his Christmas cards which show a picture of himself alongside Battle of Britain veteran Tom Neil from Norfolk.

The Prince of Wales talking with Wing Commander Tom Neil, a veteran of the Battle of Britain during

The Prince of Wales talking with Wing Commander Tom Neil, a veteran of the Battle of Britain during a reception at Church House following a service at Westminster Abbey, London to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The ex-wing commander and Hurricane and Spitfire pilot, who lives in Thwaite St Mary, near Bungay, is pictured clasping the hand of Harry during one of the Prince's most memorable moments of the year.

The photograph was taken on the day a Battle of Britain flypast was held to mark the 75th anniversary of the conflict.

Mr Neil, 95, was among the first to receive the card today signed by Prince Harry himself, wishing him a Merry Christmas.

He said: 'I was enormously delighted and surprised to receive it. I had no idea it was coming.'

Prince Harry with Tom Neil. Photo: PA Wire

Prince Harry with Tom Neil. Photo: PA Wire - Credit: PA

The photograph was taken on September 15, Harry's 31st birthday, and the Prince had been due to fly in one of four two-seater Spitfires taking part.

But when one of the vintage aircraft developed mechanical problems he stepped aside and allowed Mr Neil to have his place.

During the event a total of 33 Spitfires, Hurricanes and Bristol Blenheim bombers flew from Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex before dispersing across wartime airfields over the South of England.

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A Kensington Palace spokesman said: 'He (Prince Harry) considered it a great honour to meet Tom during the Battle of Britain flypast in September. It was one of his most memorable moments of 2015.'

Prince Harry with Tom Neil at the Battle of Britain flypast event. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Prince Harry with Tom Neil at the Battle of Britain flypast event. Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire - Credit: PA

The picture was taken by the Press Association's veteran royal photographer John Stillwell.