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Prince Harry turns 26, set to spend birthday training to be helicopter pilot

09/15/2010 by Corinne Heller

Prince Harry in an undated photo provided by the U.K. Press Association.Prince Harry turned 26 on Wednesday and plans to celebrate his birthday by continuing his training to become an Apache attack helicopter pilot, which he had begun in July, the UK Press Agency said.

The prince is the younger son of the late Princess Diana, brother of Prince William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and third in line to the British throne.

Harry, who served in the British military in Afghanistan, flew to New York in June to visit U.S. cadets. He began an eight-month helicopter training course in July and has said he hopes to return to the front lines in Afghanistan.

He made headlines earlier this month when he reportedly came under fire from animal rights groups due to the recent posting of photographs of him riding an injured horse in a polo match, which show the animal with a bloody gash on its side. He has not commented on the reports.

The UK Newspaper The Daily Mail said the incident occurred in July. It quoted an unnamed witness as saying the prince continued to ride the injured animal but said St. James Palace maintained Harry stopped playing the moment he spotted the wound and that the horse was treated for a minor injury and returned to the game.


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