Kate and William share rare joint message as they open up about 'incredible sadness'

Royal Irish Guards visit
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Princess Kate and Prince William have shared a joint message this evening and expressed their "incredible sadness".

The royal couple paid tribute to the pilot who sadly lost their life in a plane crash at the Battle of Britain event today, 25 May.

The Waleses issued a heartfelt message on X, formerly known as Twitter, and said: "Incredibly sad to hear of the news this afternoon from RAF Coningsby," the tweet began.

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

They signed off as W & C, which is in reference to their first names, William and Catherine.

Kate and William at Horse Guards Parade
Kate and William shared a rare message on X -Credit:AP

Their tweet comes after the Ministry of Defence confirmed the death of a pilot after the horrific Spitfire crash in Lincolnshire today.

“It is with great sadness that we must confirm the death of an RAF pilot in a tragic accident near RAF Coningsby today," the statement said.

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

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The royal tribute is posted the same day Prince William and eldest son Prince George were spotted at the FA Cup Final this afternoon.

The heartwarming footage had fans all saying the same thing when adorable George, 10, flashed up on the screen alongside his father.

Those watching the match between Manchester City and Manchester United on television at home spotted the lookalike duo have the "same mannerisms."

"They're both standing the exact same way," one viewer said.

Another said: "Prince George has the same mannerism as his parents with their hair."

A third commented: "Goodness, Prince George is growing up to be the spitting image of his father."

Prince William was there as part of his role as President of the Football Association with both Wills and George being keen footie fans.

The Princess of Wales remains recovering at home as she undergoes chemotherapy treatment for cancer.