Prince Harry is being recognised for his work in the field of aviation.
The Duke of Sussex, has been inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation, a special honour organised by nonprofit Kiddie Hawk Air Academy. The ceremony, hosted by pilot and Hollywood star John Travolta, also acknowledged three other “remarkable people of extraordinary accomplishment in aviation” including Navy pilot Fred George, President and CEO of the former Canadian Aviation Electronics Marc Parent and aviator Steve Hinton who held a world speed record in the 80s.
According to their website, “Living Legends of Aviation” can include “entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, astronauts, record breakers, pilots who have become celebrities and celebrities who have become pilots.”
Prince Harry, who served as a helicopter pilot during his time with the British Army, flew training missions in the US, UK and Australia and took part in combat missions in Afghanistan, was recognised for his service as well as his efforts behind the Invictus Games, a global sporting event for wounded service personnel and veterans.
Hey there bestie – sign up to our FREE Newsletter for more kind, no-gossip celebrity news!
A statement on the event’s website further explains, “Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex is a humanitarian, military veteran, mental wellness advocate and environmentalist. He has dedicated his life to advancing causes that he is passionate about and that bring about permanent change for people and places. He spent the first 10 years of his adulthood serving in the British Army, during which he undertook two tours of duty.”
While there had been some talk he would be joined at the event by his wife, actor and gender equality advocate Meghan Markle, Harry ended up attending the event solo, choosing to skip the red carpet – and no doubt the enormous media pack waiting for him!
Previous Living Legends inductees include Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Jeff Bezos, Harrison Ford and Morgan Freeman.
(Feature Image Credit: Bart Lenoir/Shutterstock.com)