Prince Harry (His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales) is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He was born 15 September 1984 and is third in the line of succession to the thrones of 16 Realms including Australia Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
His mother died in 1997. Prince Harry, then 13 walked with his brother, father and grandfather behind the funeral cortège from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey .After schools and a gap year in Australia and Lesotho, where he worked with orphaned children and produced the documentary film The Forgotten Kingdom, Prince Harry, enlisted in the Army . He was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Blues and Royals of the Household Cavalry Regiment.
The British Ministry of Defence and Clarence House made a joint announcement on 22 February 2007 that Prince Harry would be deployed with his regiment to the front line in Iraq and served for 77 days on the front line in the Afghan War.
To protect his unit from excessive attention by the enemy, the Department of Defence withdrew him after his presence was revealed by an Australian magazine.He is to be best man at his older brother Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton to Kate Middleton on 29 April 2011.
In October 2008, to pass the tests to fly military helicopters and was presented with his wings by his father on 7 May 2010.
Having since passed his Apache flying test, it is reported that he may return to Afghanistan.
...sense of duty permeates...
Washington Post correspondent, Marie Cocco wrote in the ContraCostaTimes on 1 March 2007, under this telling headline: “U.S. upper class more stuck up than Britain's royalty, ” that that it takes no nostalgia for the Crown to hear the honour in Prince Harry’s vow -- and to wince at the contrast with the US much larger force in Iraq, from which, she declares, the sons and daughters of the American well-heeled and the well-known are largely absent.
She says this sense of duty in the Royal Family is no new thing. Older generations remember it in the Second World War, when The King and The Queen, as well as the Royal Family, stayed with the people. Prince Harry’s grandfather and his father saw distinguished service. More recently, in the Falklands war, Prince Harry’s uncle, Prince Andrew, also rode, or perhaps more correctly, flew into battle.
Prince Harry encapsulates a long standard in our Royal Family, a sense of service. This is complemented by a strong sense of charity, of helping those less fortunate than he.
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Prince Harry has been promoted to the rank of Captain. He enlisted in 2005 and is now training as an Apache helicopter pilot.
In 2007-08, he served in Afghanistan as a forward air controller directing ground attack jets in Helmand province. This was cut short because of the breach of an embargo by an Australian publication.
He wishes to return to front-line service. During a recent four day trek to the North Pole with wounded servicemen, he told the BBC that it would be pointless for him to have undertaken such costly training if he could not be on active duty.
"You become a very expensive asset, the training's very expensive and they wouldn't have me doing what I'm doing," he said. "I'd just be taking up a spare place for somebody else if they didn't have me going out on the job."
The Prince was awarded the coveted Apache Badge from his squadron commander on Thursday. A spokesman for St James's Palace confirmed to the media that the Prince had passed an eight-month "conversion to type" course to learn how to fly the Apache helicopter while at the Army Aviation Centre (AAC) at Middle Wallop, Hampshire.
The helicopter is used by UK forces in Afghanistan to search for the Taliban, intelligence-gathering and to provide support to other helicopters.
Britain's Prince Harry is taking part in the first section of a charity hike to the North Pole, accompanying wounded soldiers on a 200-mile trek aimed at raising money for a British veterans' charity. A report from Associated Press 30 March 2011
Prince Harry is on a trek to the North Pole with a team of soldiers who were wounded in combat; this is a report on the start of the journey from the London news broadcaster ITN.
The BBC reported on 29 March that Prince Harry had arrived in the Arctic to join four disabled servicemen facing a challenging 200-mile (320km) trek across the polar ice cap.
....Walking with the Wounded...
The report continued:
The prince, patron of the charity Walking With The Wounded, will join the men on the first five days of what is expected to be a four-week mission.
They hope to enter the record books as the first disabled team to walk unassisted to the North Pole.The charity aims to raise £2m from the trek to help injured servicemen.
Prince Harry said: "This extraordinary expedition will raise awareness of the debt that this country owes to those it sends off to fight, only for them to return wounded and scarred, physically and emotionally."