Prince Harry is seen for first time since Kate Middleton’s surgery

Prince Harry has paid tribute to his mother Diana as he stepped out on Friday night in Los Angeles to be honoured as a ‘living legend of aviation’ for his time as a helicopter co-pilot and gunner in the Army.

The prince took to the stage at the Beverly Hills Hilton to receive his award from actor John Travolta, and took a moment to remember the Grease star’s meeting with Diana at a White House dinner for President Ronald Reagan in 1985.

Travolta, himself a pilot, was reportedly the driving force behind Harry receiving the award after feeling an affinity for the prince after dancing with Diana – though the prince’s nomination angered some military pilots who felt it was unearned.

He was in high spirits on Friday as he joined Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, a 46-year-old minor German royal and cousin of outgoing Queen of Denmark, Margrethe II, and others at the Beverly Hills Hilton – and did not mention his sister in law Kate or dad Charles’ medical dramas.

Accepting the award from Travolta, the 39-year-old said: ‘I was just a one-year-old when you danced with my mum at the White House and now look at us.’

He was not accompanied by wife Meghan, who had been expected to attend; she was not present as one of their children became unwell, according to a report from the PA news agency.

Prince Harry is seen at the gala on Friday night with Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

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Prince Harry is seen at the gala on Friday night with Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

Prince Harry accepts his award as a Living Legend of Aviation at the glitzy awards ceremony in Los Angeles

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Prince Harry accepts his award as a Living Legend of Aviation at the glitzy awards ceremony in Los Angeles

The award was presented by legendary actor ¿ and famed private pilot ¿ John Travolta (pictured), who reminisced about dancing with Harry's mother Diana at the White House

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The award was presented by legendary actor – and famed private pilot – John Travolta (pictured), who reminisced about dancing with Harry’s mother Diana at the White House

Travolta danced with Diana at a White House dinner in 1985 ¿ when the princess was just 24 years old

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Travolta danced with Diana at a White House dinner in 1985 — when the princess was just 24 years old

President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy can be seen looking on as Travolta dances with Diana during the chance encounter

The prince is seen arriving for Friday's event in Los Angeles

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The prince is seen arriving for Friday’s event in Los Angeles

The 39-year-old attended without his wife, Meghan Markle, for the awards ceremony. She was reportedly at home looking after their children, one of whom had taken unwell

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The 39-year-old attended without his wife, Meghan Markle, for the awards ceremony. She was reportedly at home looking after their children, one of whom had taken unwell

Prince Harry's bodyguards were seen carrying his Living Legend of Aviation awards in boxes marked 'FRAGILE' to a waiting car

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Prince Harry’s bodyguards were seen carrying his Living Legend of Aviation awards in boxes marked ‘FRAGILE’ to a waiting car

The boxes were labelled 'handle with care' - and came with their own carry handles for his security staff

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The boxes were labelled ‘handle with care’ – and came with their own carry handles for his security staff

He added: ‘The only thing left to do is… not dance together but fly together.’

The Duke of Sussex completed two tours of Afghanistan as a forward air controller and an Apache helicopter pilot, having flown countless training missions in the UK, US and Australia.

He served for 10 years in the military, rising to the rank of Captain, and later founded the Invictus Games – a sporting event for wounded military personnel and veterans.

On stage, Travolta asked him of his time flying for the Army: ‘What can you remember about your first flight?’

Harry quipped back: ‘It’s classified.’

Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, who grabbed a photo with Harry at the awards, later called the moment between Harry and Travolta on-stage ‘very touching and sweet’.

‘John Travolta presented the award and he referred to the dance with his mother Princess Diana, (when) Prince Harry was one year old so he’s like, “Now I see you again under a new circumstance, on a new stage”,’ he said.

‘That was very touching and very sweet because we all remember how gorgeous the dance was of John Travolta and Princess Diana, and now Princess Diana’s son is getting an award from John Travolta. It was the cutest, most touching moment.’

In his speech, Harry went on to thank the Living Legends of Aviation awards for the ‘incredible honour’, adding that he is ‘proud to be recognised among such a dynamic and inspiring group of individuals’.

Harry takes his place alongside other aviation and aerospace ‘legends’ including Buzz Aldrin, Jeff BezosTom Cruise, Neil Armstrong, Harrison FordMorgan Freeman and Elon Musk.

He continued: ‘For me, flying has been a transcendent experience. A close encounter with magic, an invitation to both protect freedom… and to feel free, and, funny enough, an opportunity to ground oneself, without actually being grounded.

‘I find my flight training — which was over the course of three years— to be one of life’s greatest lessons. It triggered a vast array of feelings.’

Harry is pictured in March 2011 standing in front of an Apache Helicopter a few days after the royal passed the half-decade milestone to become a captain in the British Army

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Harry is pictured in March 2011 standing in front of an Apache Helicopter a few days after the royal passed the half-decade milestone to become a captain in the British Army

Harry is seen in December 2012 working as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan

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Harry is seen in December 2012 working as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan

Lauren Sanchez, who founded an aerial filming company in 2016, was also celebrated on Friday night

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Lauren Sanchez, who founded an aerial filming company in 2016, was also celebrated on Friday night

Sanchez is a helicopter pilot and businesswoman: she joins her fiance Jeff Bezos among those now recognized for their contribution to aviation

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Sanchez is a helicopter pilot and businesswoman: she joins her fiance Jeff Bezos among those now recognized for their contribution to aviation

Miss California Teen USA Taliya Peiris at the Living Legends of Aviation awards

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Miss California USA Tianna Clark at the Living Legends of Aviation awards

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Miss California Teen USA Taliya Peiris (left) and Miss California USA Tianna Clark at the Living Legends of Aviation awards

Film director Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the 2008 film adaptation Twilight, attended the awards

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Film director Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the 2008 film adaptation Twilight, attended the awards

NBC News senior correspondent Tom Costello also attended the Living Legends of Aviation awards in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

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NBC News senior correspondent Tom Costello also attended the Living Legends of Aviation awards in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

He did not allude to the medical dramas for his family on the other side of the Atlantic; Kate Middleton is part-way through a two-week stay in hospital after undergoing surgery, while King Charles is being treated for an enlarged prostate.

Kate underwent ‘planned abdominal surgery’ earlier this week that was ‘successful’, Kensington Palace said on Wednesday, adding that she will remain in the London Clinic for up to two weeks.

‘Based on the current medical advice, she is unlikely to return to public duties until after Easter,’ the Palace said.

Details of the surgery have not been made public; sources told the Daily Mail that her condition is ‘non cancerous’. Kate is not expected to resume her public duties until sometime after Easter.

Kensington Palace added: ‘The Princess Of Wales wishes to apologise to all those concerned for the fact that she has to postpone her upcoming engagements.

‘She looks forward to reinstating as many as possible, as soon as possible.’

Prince William was pictured leaving the London Clinic on Thursday, having taken some time away from royal duties to be with his wife and look after their children in the coming weeks.

An hour and a half after Kensington Palace’s announcement, Buckingham Palace announced that King Charles III would also be undergoing treatment in hospital next week for his enlarged prostate.

The King was pictured returning to Sandringham on Friday with Queen Camilla to rest ahead of the planned surgery, flying more than 300 miles on an RAF jet from Aberdeen Airport to RAF Marham.

Speaking in Aberdeen earlier this week, following the news of the health scare, Camilla said: ‘He’s fine, thank you very much. Looking forward to getting back to work.’

King Charles is seen leaving RAF Marham on his way to Sandringham in Norfolk today after the announcement that he was due to undergo treatment for an enlarged prostate

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King Charles is seen leaving RAF Marham on his way to Sandringham in Norfolk today after the announcement that he was due to undergo treatment for an enlarged prostate

The King and Queen Camilla, in the back seats, arrive at Sandringham earlier this week

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The King and Queen Camilla, in the back seats, arrive at Sandringham earlier this week

Queen Camilla says King is ‘fine’ as he awaits treatmen

William drove a new electric Audi to be with his wife Kate in a private London hospital earlier this week. She will be there for up to a fortnight

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William drove a new electric Audi to be with his wife Kate in a private London hospital earlier this week. She will be there for up to a fortnight

Prince William, Prince of Wales, drives himself away from the London Clinic in London where his wife Kate, Princess of Wales, underwent abdominal surgery

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Prince William, Prince of Wales, drives himself away from the London Clinic in London where his wife Kate, Princess of Wales, underwent abdominal surgery

Police officers stand guard outside The London Clinic in Marylebone today

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