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Prince William buys hundreds of birds for Harry to shoot

Prince William is staging a shoot to mark his brother Prince Harry’s birthday.

Harry turned 27 yesterday (15.09.11) and spent the day training at RAF Wattisham airfield but now plans to celebrate his big day at a later date thanks to his brother William, who has bought 250 pheasant, duck and partridge for a shoot at their grandmother Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate.

A source told The Sun: “Harry is an exceptional marksman and both brothers love to shoot. William arranged this as something they can share.”

Harry’s army commitments means he may not get to enjoy the hunt until next year, but he is said to be planning a weekend of partying in London to celebrate his birthday instead after having to abstain from alcohol while flying military helicopters.

However, Harry is sure to make up for the alcohol ban later this year when he spends 48 hours in Las Vegas with his colleagues during a break from a 12-week helicopter training course in California and Arizona.

A source said: “It’s traditional that guys on his course, which is split between California and Arizona, have a break in Vegas at the halfway point.

“The course doesn’t have much downtime, it’s pretty intense. This is a chance for pilots to let their hair down, kick back and enjoy themselves.”

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Monday 19 September 2011 @ 15.45