The Ginger Prince is back in full Ginger Bearded glory! Prince Harry celebrated his 31st birthday on September 15 with a Battle of Britain event during the day and a dinner with friends and Cressida Bonas in the evening and he didn’t bother shaving his ginger beard he got while in Africa over the summer, because he knows that’s how we like him.
Harry visited Goodwood Aerodrome in Chichester, England for a Battle of Britain flypast to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on September 15th. By the way, the Battle of Britain was a three month air campaign from July 10 to October 31, 1940. That’s why there have been multiple Battle of Britain commemorative events.
Harry was originally scheduled to fly one of the Spitfire Aircraft during the flypast, but there was a rain delay and then one of the aircraft was not serviceable, so Harry gave up his seat in the Spitfire so that one of the veterans, 95 year old Battle of Britain Veteran Tom Neil, could fly one last time. That’s Neil in the cockpit in the above photo.
Harry gave an interview to Channel 4’s Battle of Britain: Return of the Spitfires where he said:
“I can’t begin to comprehend what they must have gone through. Knowing that they had as much warning as they had, with more and more aircraft taking off, taking off, taking off and then getting that phone call saying ‘Right scramble, off you go lads’ and not really knowing what you are going to be confronted with, the different weather conditions, different conditions you are fighting in, these things are just full of fuel as well and a couple of rounds in the wrong place.”
Harry held Neil’s walking stick and took photos while the Few flew the flypast.
Later that night, after his Battle of Britain event, Harry went to dinner with a group of friends that included Zara Phillips Tindall, Mike Tindall, and Cressida Bonas. The Sun is reporting that Harry and Cressida want to give it another go (even though they reported last week that Harry wanted to get back with Chelsy Davy), but the Daily Mail says Harry and Cress are just friends and are definitely not getting back together.
What I find amusing about the DM article is that clearly their source is from Camp Cressida, because: “Cressida is very fond of him but, well, he didn’t quite cut the mustard. The issues that were there when they broke up haven’t changed… I think Harry just expected Cress to keep up with his lifestyle. But she isn’t wealthy, she’s a hard-working girl who just couldn’t do that. Her career is going well and she just has other things going on in her life, she’s not the type to be at anyone’s beck and call.”
I could poke fun at Cressida and her PR team but I won’t. Girl just landed a gig on a new Julian Fellowes show (he’s the creator of Downton Abbey). As much as I think Harvey Weinstein’s words on Cressida’s acting ability and Cressida’s words on not using Harry to get famous are BS, girl is landing gigs. I say get your acting on girl and leave the royal-ing to someone else.
Switching gears, I find it quite amusing that a few of us were just commenting about which actor was the best James Bond, and a day later Kensington Palace announces that Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry will attend the world premiere of the newest James Bond film, Spectre, on October 26 at the Royal Albert Hall. Spectre has been chosen for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund’s Royal Film Performance 2015 which is why the royal trinity is attending. That and they just want to see James Bond, amirite. I mean, I don’t blame them, I think Daniel Craig is a great Bond (I, personally, am a fan of the grittier Bond) and I loved Casino Royale, so I’m looking forward to the next Bond movie.
In terms of fashion, this is a chance for Kate to wear a really beautiful gown, so there’s that. I find it interesting, though, that out of all the appearances that KP has announced for Kate, only one is a charitable endeavor. And it’s not even for one of Kate’s actual patronages. The rest are rugby and a film premiere.
Here are more photos from the 15th:
Photos: Getty / Kensington Palace @KensingtonRoyal / The Sun
37 thoughts on “Prince Harry out at Battle of Britain flypast, dinner with Cressida Bonas on his birthday”
Some one is going to make sure that Rhiannon is Ok after looking at these pics. I think that she might Hyperventilate.
Get a paper bag before you read sweetie.
Unfortunately she will have to get past about ten pictures of Harry before she gets to your excellent advise about having a paper bag handy.
She will probably already have passed out after about half of them )
I’m hoping Rhiannon looked at the comments first. Are you OK there Rhiannon?
I am hoping that she skipped to the comments first to prepare herself. If we don’t hear from her in 24 hours we should send a search party
This was too much. I literally read this post 100x. I just can’t. This man is the total package. His fine, chivalrous, and just a good guy. He just needs to hold on. I’m coming for you in D.C.
His beard is wonderful and it suits him.
I don’t like Cressida. At all. If I’m going to lose him, it better be to Chelsy or someone of that ilk.
I appreciate you guys looking out for me. I need to step away and drink a cold glass of water.
KMR, you topped yourself on this one and my heart thanks you.
Thanks, Rhiannon. I don’t like Cressida, either. But I also am not a fan of Chelsy. I’d much rather have you as Harry’s wife than either of those two.
Harry is a ginger Charles/Philip mix as he ages!
Most definitely. Harry looks more and more like Charles and Philip as he ages.
Agree Liz (POW and grandpa all the way);
KMR, Rhianna – same here… NO Cressida (maybe Chelsy bc may take a long wait for a new lady (?))
I’m still saying Sean Connery is *the* only Bond! I managed to find myself on an elevator with him once in Los Angeles. Just as wonderful to look at in person as on screen.
As for Harry, he’s a good guy but if he’s back with CressMess I’m going to start side eyeing him.
Oh yes, Sean as Bond! Oh yes, yes yes!
His voice really does it for me!!! (swoon) Him and Sam Elliott, oh my!!
That voice. I need to edit it to make it sound like “Marry me Rhiannon”.
Now, now Rhiannon you have Harry! Don’t be greedy 🙂 Besides Lisa has dibs on Sean and I have dibs on Sam!
Sorry. I still have Harry on the brain. The voice I want is Harry’s. Sam Elliot is a fine looking man, too.
Sam Elliot swoon I so agree. Sean my favorite. Daniel next favorite. Rhianna you go Girl as Harry truly embodies it all.
All I have to say is that last picture. And the one with the phone. And the one leaning against the cane.
Yes, he is amazing! Takes your breath away, doesn’t he?
Thanks, KMR. We all need a Harry fix now more than then.
Hope he had a wonderful birthday and that we see more and more of him in this new year of his life.
How kind he was to give his seat in the fighter plane to the elderly veteran. PH just seems to know the right things to do. I wish him a happy and wonderful life. With Rhiannon by his side, of course.
Hearts be still!
Whenever I write up a Harry post I always pick the photos I think you’ll like the best.
Why is Harry so much better at PR than the other two? It may be that he just has a better personality and that shows through. What a darling photo set.
Kate get a grip on your life already!
Because he got his mother’s people skills and caring spirit while William got her self-centeredness and impetuousness.
Exactly. Harry is just better with people whereas William is so self-centered.
Harry is genuine. Simple as that.
…and humble, doesn’t feel entitled, more noble, regal, dignified as HM/dad/G&great grannies (protecting the Monarchy).
I like Cressida she is gorgeous they make a beautiful couple!!!
Happy Belated B’day to Prince Harry. May this new year of life be your happiest yet. And, that means, get engaged. Rhiannon is waiting!
He looks so amazing in all the pix. Just the best. What a total package. He truly shines.
Loved the fact that he gave up his seat in the plane to the elderly veteran so the man would have one more chance to fly in the type of fighter plane that he flew in during the War. Just so sensitive and kind, PH. A true gent.
I don’t know, the Royal Family better start re-thinking the entire succession situation. I doubt William will ever match his brother in many departments. Harry just knows what to say, what to do. Harry gets what he is up against and lives the best he can and gives back to others. I know Princess Diana must be smiling down at him. Her one concern: Harry needs a wife.
When is the D.C. meeting, Rhiannon?
I think an engagement this year would be a bit rushed. Let Rhiannon and Harry date for a bit, then an engagement next year with the wedding in 2017.
Prince Harry GETS it! Giving up his seat on that plane to a veteran and doing it with a genuine smile……. class all the way. I like that when he is doing his engagements, he looks like he is actually having fun and is happy to be a part of whatever is going on.
The pictures are fabulous!
His mother would be so proud.
Seeing him so at ease and genuine really highlights how constipated the Cambridges look when on show. My gosh, he looks so much like his dad now.
I thought Cressida was bland, so I hope that’s not on again. I want him to marry someone who will blow those Givenaughts out of the water. I want drama. 🙂 But what are the chances, with such a small pool of inbreds to pick from? Couldn’t he go continental or something?
Of course, my pick is rhiannon. 🙂
I’m hoping he goes for an American. That would really mix things up.
Funny, that is exactly the phrase that went through my mind as well. He just GETS it. Genuine warmth can’t be taught or coached. You are either interested in other people or you are not.
He really seems easy going and genuine. I hope he does find someone who he loves and who has some substance to her!
Harry holding Tom Neil’s walking stick, while he’s in the plane…what a gentleman
That one was a heartwarmer.
We love Harry for so many reasons. Being a gentlman is just one of them.
The last picture. *Swoon* Such a handsome chap.
Harry has been back for one week and has had four/five engagements!
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