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Old 11-09-2014, 11:28 AM
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And his usual non attendance at the Remembrance Service is bad form. I'm back to my original opinion
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:31 AM
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'Humble pie' at all Rudolph ?
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:31 AM
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'There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends': Prince Harry leaves emotional tribute as he returns to Afghanistan | Daily Mail Online

Prince Harry returned to Afghanistan today on behalf of the Queen as he led emotional tributes to friends who died in the name of war.
It was a highly symbolic return for the Prince, who was posted to the country to serve in the war in 2007-08 and again in 2012-13.
The 30-year-old left a highly personal wreath at Kandahar Airfield which read: 'There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends. They will never be forgotten. Harry.'


So there, hope that proves that he does his bit and that he's committed to the military, rather GOOD form I'd say.
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:38 AM
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'Humble pie' at all Rudolph ?
Not at all. Harry this year is in Afghanistan. Nothing keeps him from being at the Cenotaph any other year. He's never been there as either a teen or adult. Bad form imo
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:47 AM
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Why? Is it bad form that not every serviceman or woman parades past the Cenotaph? Or should the people who serve in the military be able to remember those who served before them and their friends who lost their lives in private but together as a unit. This year Harry was in Afghanistan for a remembrance service, we can assume every year Harry attends a service similar to this and the Cenotaph service but that normally it is not in the media. Some people clearly think if a royal isn't photographed doing something they mustn't care.
I don't understand why its bad form for Harry not to be at the Cenotaph, he has no formal role at the service and so chooses to attend a private service. If/when he has a formal role at the Cenotaph I'm sure he will do his duty and attend, until then he is free to be like all other servicemen/women and attend remembrance events with his colleagues.
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You are entitled to your opinion.. In mine, his everyday comittment to the armed forces [and his charitable activities], outweigh his [perceived] 'bad form'...
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Old 11-09-2014, 11:58 AM
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Not at all. Harry this year is in Afghanistan. Nothing keeps him from being at the Cenotaph any other year. He's never been there as either a teen or adult. Bad form imo

Never been at the Cenotaph? It has already been stated several times he attended in 2009 and 2013.


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Why? Is it bad form that not every serviceman or woman parades past the Cenotaph? Or should the people who serve in the military be able to remember those who served before them and their friends who lost their lives in private but together as a unit. This year Harry was in Afghanistan for a remembrance service, we can assume every year Harry attends a service similar to this and the Cenotaph service but that normally it is not in the media. Some people clearly think if a royal isn't photographed doing something they mustn't care.
I don't understand why its bad form for Harry not to be at the Cenotaph, he has no formal role at the service and so chooses to attend a private service. If/when he has a formal role at the Cenotaph I'm sure he will do his duty and attend, until then he is free to be like all other servicemen/women and attend remembrance events with his colleagues.
Hopefully he'll be given a formal role next year. He's currently the only active member of the military (among the BRF), and it would be nice to see him take part in the Cenotaph with the rest of the royals.
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:09 PM
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You are entitled to your opinion.. In mine, his everyday comittment to the armed forces [and his charitable activities], outweighs his [perceived] 'bad form'...
Rudolph - what I find bad form is looking to score points about a young man who has seen active service involving the deaths of men in his own regiment. The fact that several posters have pointed out that your sweeping comments are inaccurate only makes your most recent comments look distasteful in your efforts to maintain your stance. On this day of remembrance, please show some respect for men like Harry who have lost comrades and friends. How can you make hurtful judgements based on such superficial observations?
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And his usual non attendance at the Remembrance Service is bad form. I'm back to my original opinion
He doesnt attend the service at Whitehall, but that does not mean he does not attend any service. For example, in 2010 he attended a service at Wootton Bassett which at the time was the repatriation point for those killed in Afghan. Other yrs he would have been with his regiment as a serving soldier.
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I didn't say he doesn't care or he doesn't attend any service but Royals making public appearances at certain events sends a message. We all talk about this. Whether its trooping the colour or a state visit. Who is going and why or why not.

Of all public events on the royal calendar I'm willing to wager the Remembrance Service is at the top or near the top of importance to the Queen.

The service at the Cenotaph is where all the royals turn out to respect the fallen and the nation.
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:29 PM
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Hopefully he'll be given a formal role next year. He's currently the only active member of the military (among the BRF), and it would be nice to see him take part in the Cenotaph with the rest of the royals.
It may also be that being in the active military he prefers to be with his Command on the day, taking part in base services. It might have special meaning. It's speculation either way. But as he he honoring the country with his service, his two tours of active duty, I am content that whatever he does is more important than my commenting here on the Forums.
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Meanwhile in Afghanistan :

'There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends': Prince Harry leaves emotional tribute as he returns to Afghanistan | Daily Mail Online
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It may also be that being in the active military he prefers to be with his Command on the day, taking part in base services. It might have special meaning. It's speculation either way. But as he he honoring the country with his service, his two tours of active duty, I am content that whatever he does is more important than my commenting here on the Forums.
Yes, but he is first and foremost a member of the BRF, so I just imagined he would be there with the rest of the BRF. To be honest though, I'm not that bothered by his absence. He can choose to spend the day however he likes, I was just stating that it would be nice to see him there.

Of course his service is more important than our commenting on a message board, but that doesn't mean we can't give an opinion.
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Well, may the eating of words commence. Thanks, Nico for posting this so expeditiously. (and I'm not laughing at Harry or Afghanistan)
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Queen leads Remembrance Day tributes at the Cenotaph
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The Queen was applauded as she left the Cenotaph. According to reporters, it was a first and done as a salute to her courage for attending the event even with the recent terrorist threats against her.
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Old 11-09-2014, 01:16 PM
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The service at the Cenotaph is where all the royals turn out to respect the fallen and the nation.
While I don’t know exactly who was there there I saw the queen and prince Philip, prince Charles and Camilla, Prince William and Kate and Sophie (but not here husband). That’s hardly “all the royals”. You are for some reason singling out Harry. Why?
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Harry was in Afghanistan today! So he wasn't shopping around! Go Harry go!

Hope this discussion ends here...

In pictures: Prince Harry joins Remembrance service with troops in Afghanistan - ITV News
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