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Prince William awards medals to 'magnificent' soldiers

The Duke of Cambridge welcomes Irish Guards recently back from Afghanistan in Aldershot barracks ceremony

HRH Duke of Cambridge presents medals to Irish Guards

HRH Prince William presented medals to those who have served their country in Afghanistan, during a special visit to Aldershot.

The Duke of Cambridge arrived at Mons Barracks just before 11am on Friday December 6 and was treated to a stirring parade by the 120 members of the No2 Company of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, who returned home in October.

On the crisp winter morning, he briefly talked to each soldier as they were lined up in formation and presented with their medals.


He then addressed them, and family members who had gathered for the occasion, from a podium.

"You are a fine sight," said the Duke, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards. "Welcome home.

"We followed your deployment with great and mounting pride, and, naturally, with considerable anxiety too. Fortune smiled upon you. You did your job magnificently, helping the people of Helmand to face their future with greater security and confidence - and you all came home safe and sound."

After the parade, the future king took part in a group photo with the troops and spoke further with guardsmen and their families in the officers' mess before departing.

The Duke and his wife Kate Middleton spent the previous night at the London premiere of Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom, only to learn of the former South African president's death at the end of the film about his life.



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