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Prince Harry, 39, received accolades at the 21st Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Beverly Hills, an event hosted by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy. Meghan Markle did not accompany him to the ceremony.

The Kiddie Hawk Air Academy had previously announced Prince Harry as one of four individuals to be inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation, an honor recognizing significant contributions to aviation/aerospace. John Travolta, the “Official Ambassador of Aviation,” hosted the prestigious event.

Organized by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy, a nonprofit fostering children’s interest in aviation through education, this year’s other inductees include Navy pilot Fred George, Marc Parent (President and CEO of CAE), and Steve Hinton (an American aviator with a world speed record from 1979 to 1989). Lauren Sánchez is set to receive the “Elling Halvorson Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award,” with William Shatner, Kurt Russell, and Kenny G also expected to attend.

During his decade in the British Army, Prince Harry served as a helicopter pilot, undertaking training missions in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, as well as combat missions in Afghanistan. Awarded his Flying Wings in 2010, he completed the Army Pilot Course, mastering the Firefly fixed-wing aircraft and the Squirrel helicopter, accumulating approximately 220 flying hours.

His service included 3½ years in training and operational duty with the Apache Force, where he became a fully operational Apache pilot in February 2012, winning the prize for best co-pilot gunner during training. Attending the black-tie event in a classic black tux, Prince Harry posed for a photo with Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, shared on Instagram.

Acknowledging Prince Harry as the creator of the Invictus Games, a Paralympic-style competition for wounded service personnel and veterans launched in 2014, the Living Legends of Aviation also commended his deeply personal work with service members. In a previous interview with PEOPLE, Prince Harry discussed his experience in the British Army and the impact of his memoir, Spare, released last year.

While Prince Harry attended the awards, recent updates from the royal family included Kate Middleton’s successful abdominal surgery and King Charles’ upcoming procedure for an enlarged prostate. Prince Harry, who settled in Montecito with Meghan and their children, Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet, was notably active in the gym in Santa Barbara before these announcements.

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