Prince Edward Visits Afghanistan
Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex arrived in the Helmand province of Afghanistan last Tuesday. On Wednesday, he met with soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, the Rifles, according to an article from Monsters and Critics.com. The prince is the Royal Colonel of the battalion.
The 2nd Battalion has been in Afghanistan for five months. They are working closely with the Afghan police force and army, and are expected to be there for a few more weeks, of which Prince Edward said that he hoped were “painless and productive”. The prince spent time with the battalion, talking with them, and dining with them.
Major Marc Briggs told Sky News, “It’s an honor to have our Royal Colonel come to see the battalion when we’re so far forward in the fight”, and “The visit of His Royal Highness only reinforces the level of public support we’ve experienced”.
After spending two days in Afghanistan, Prince Edward travelled to Bahrain to visit with the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
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