His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales this morning attended a medal presentation to 662 squadron at Wattisham Flying Station in Suffolk, the squadron that his youngest son Prince Harry was on tour in Afghanistan with last year, where in his capacity as Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps, he presented the medals dressed in combat fatigues and with the corps sky blue beret on.
The Prince of Wales remarked on his son’s absence, saying: “It’s a particular pleasure to see so many of 662 Squadron, which my youngest son serves in, on parade even though he is not here – he shoved off, probably because he knew his ancient parents were coming.
He continued, “Having heard from him about your remarkable exploits in Afghanistan I have some better understanding of just what you’re all up to, the challenges you face and constant demands you are under.”
Prince Charles had remarked on his own worrying for his serving son Prince Harry when he was deployed to Afghanistan last year for 4 months. He remarked on being able to empathise with families whose sons have gone off to serve.
Prince Harry wasn’t present at today’s presentation of medals because he is to begin performing a week of engagements in the United States of America today.
Prince Harry is a captain in the Blues & Royals, like his brother Prince William (though Prince William is on attachment to the RAF).