Flying visit to Portsmouth from a royal

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PRINCE Andrew was snapped paying a flying visit to Portsmouth yesterday.

The Duke of York flew in by helicopter to a Ministry of Defence playing field in Southsea next to Clarence Pier funfair.

He was spotted landing at around 7.30pm and, alongside a female companion, he disembarked the aircraft before climbing into a waiting black Audi.

Amateur photographer Dave Parker snapped the prince and said he could tell from the police presence that something was about to land.

The 56-year-old, from Mariners Walk, Milton, said: ‘I was coming back from Old Portsmouth and saw the car covered in flashing lights, so I stayed to watch. When he got out he spoke to the pilot for a few minutes and then drove off.

‘He looked fully dressed in a naval uniform and so was she.

‘They weren’t going to be walking around the town. They must have been heading for some formal occasion.’