Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Royals in Medals #2 - Prince Harry

Prince Harry in the tropical dress of the Blues and Royals on his Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Bahamas, March 2012.  Army Air Corp officers wear the uniforms and cap badge of their parent regiments, with the blue beret and (if appropriate) wings.
Prince Henry was born on 15 September 1984, the second son of the Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales.

After education at Eton, he attended the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, passing out in 2006 and being commissioned into the Blues and Royals (at the time of writing he is a captain on attachment to the Army Air Corps).  He did not deploy with the Blues and Royals when they were sent to Iraq in May 2007, but served with ISAF in Afghanistan for a curtailed tour of duty in 2008 (halted after 77 days due to a breach of a media black-out).  He then trained as an Apache pilot with the Army Air Corps, re-deploying to Afghanistan in September 2012.

Honorary military appointments

United Kingdom 
  • Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving, Royal Navy
  • Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington
No doubt due to his status as a serving Army officer, Prince Harry seems not to have had photographs taken in the uniform of his RN or RAF honorary ranks.
  • Honorary Canadian Ranger

Orders, Decorations and Medals

Royal Victorian Order
Knight Commander (KCVO), 4 June 2015

Campaign Medals

OSM for Afghanistan BAR.svg Operational Service Medal, Afghanistan

NATO Non-article 5 Medal, ISAF
Currently awarded to UK personnel on a 'keepsake' basis - approval for wear is not yet given, but this position is under review.

Commemorative Medals

Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002

QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
Harry's March 2012 tour of the Caribbean was the first sighting this medal. It was only sanctioned for wear after 7 June, with the exception of those on official jubilee duties in the presence of the Queen

Update 5 June 2015

Harry appointed KCVO.

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