Princess Kate and Prince William issue rare joint message to share 'incredible sadness'

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Princess Kate and Prince William have issued a rare joint message to express their "incredible sadness" over the tragic Spitfire crash today during a Battle of Britain event.

Posting on X, the Wales' wrote: "Incredibly sad to hear of the news this afternoon from RAF Coningsby.

"Our thoughts this evening are with the pilot’s loved ones, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and the wider RAF family. W & C."

The Ministry of Defence tragically confirmed earlier that an RAF pilot had died during the crash.

It's understood the famous aircraft plummeted to the ground just before 1.20pm and came to rest near a building in the vicinity of RAF Coningsby, in Lincolnshire.

Pictures from the scene showed the stricken plane had come to rest near a single-storey building. A rescue helicopter was scrambled to the scene.

A sombre statement from the Ministry of Defence said: “It is with great sadness that we must confirm the death of an RAF pilot in a tragic accident near RAF Coningsby today.

“The pilot’s family have been informed and we ask that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.”

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