Great Britain's Prince Harry Is Deployed to Iraq
Prince Harry was “over the moon” at the news of his 6 month deployment to Iraq.– BBC
** The BBC has a wonderful video HERE of Harry talking about being deployed to Iraq.
Prince Harry crouches during an exercise in the UK in this file picture shot November 2005 and released January 25, 2006. Prince Harry’s regiment looks set to be heading for Iraq and the third-in-line to the throne could be the first royal to see combat in 25 years. Picture shot November 2005 and released January 25, 2006. (REUTERS)
Great Britain’s Prince Harry has been deployed to Iraq it was announced today.
The BBC reports:
Prince Harry’s regiment is to be sent to Iraq for a six-month tour of duty, defence officials have confirmed. His Blues and Royals regiment will serve as part of the latest deployments to the country, they said.
While in Iraq, the prince will carry out “a normal troop commander’s role”, a joint statement by the Ministry of Defence and Clarence House said.
He will be the first senior royal to serve on the front line since Prince Andrew in the Falklands in 1982.
This will involve “leading a troop of 12 men in four Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicles, each with a crew of three” from the regiment’s “A squadron”, the statement added.
“The decision to deploy him has been a military one, made by Chief of General Staff, Gen Sir Richard Dannatt, in conjunction with Cornet Wales’ commanding officer,” it said.
Last year, the prince said: “There’s no way I’m going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country.”
“I remember Diana telling me that Harry loved the military and all its pomp,” Ingrid Seward, editor-in-chief of the royal magazine Majesty, said. “She was never worried about him. This was what he was always going to do.” (AP).
Prince Harry(R) marching during the Sovereign’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst in 2006. Harry is to serve in Iraq with his regiment as the first British royal to see active service for 25 years.(AFP/Carl De Souza)
Godspeed, young Harry!