Harry to pay tribute to war dead

Published: Thursday 2nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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Prince Harry will begin his military attachment with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) by honouring the nation’s war dead and laying a wreath at the country’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Harry, A British Army officer who will be leaving the Armed Forces in the June, will lay the floral tribute at the memorial in Canberra on Monday as his four-week placement with the ADF begins.

The fourth in line to the throne announced in February he would be leaving the Army after 10 years, and he later said he considered himself ”incredibly lucky” to have had the chance to carry out challenging roles in the military.

During his stint in Australia the Prince will spend time at Army barracks in Darwin, Perth and Sydney carrying out unit based activities, training exercises and domestic deployments, before undertaking an official royal tour of New Zealand.

Harry will also join his father the Prince of Wales at the Gallipoli commemorations in Turkey on April 24 and 25.

After laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider the Prince will tour the First World War and Afghanistan Galleries at the Australian War Memorial in the capital Canberra and then meet members of the public.

Later Captain Wales, as Harry is known in the Army, will report for duty to the Chief of the Defence Force and meet senior Army personnel before commencing his military exchange with the Australian Army.

When he leaves the Armed Forces in June, the royal will spend part of the summer in Africa – a continent he has a great affection for – carrying out voluntary work with field based conservation experts to learn how local communities in sub-Saharan Africa are working to protect and conserve natural resources and wildlife.

In the autumn, the Prince will volunteer with the Ministry of Defence’s Recovery Capability Programme supporting the rehabilitation of wounded, injured or sick service personnel where he has been working previously, while he considers what to do next.

Harry has revealed that a decision on his long term employment prospects has been left open, saying: ” I am considering the options for the future and I am really excited about the possibilities.”

During his 10-year military career the Prince went on two tours of duty to Afghanistan and qualified as an Apache Aircraft Commander.

His decision to leave the Army was a surprise to many as he was seen as a passionate member of the Forces, who had always dreamt of being a career soldier even as a young boy.

In a statement released by Kensington Palace at the time, Harry explained: ”After a decade of service, moving on from the Army has been a really tough decision.

”I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do some very challenging jobs and have met many fantastic people in the process.

”From learning the hard way to stay onside with my Colour Sergeant at Sandhurst, to the incredible people I served with during two tours in Afghanistan – the experiences I have had over the last 10 years will stay with me for the rest of my life. For that I will always be hugely grateful.”

Published: Thursday 2nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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