Harry to participate in memorial parade to honour killed comrades

June 17th, 2008 - 6:53 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 17 (ANI): Prince Harry is to take part in a memorial parade and service in Edinburgh to commemorate troops killed during his tour of Afghanistan.

The 23-year-old Household Cavalry officer will join 200 servicemen and women attending the service at St Giles Cathedral on Wednesday.

Twenty-four soldiers died during the deployment of the 52 Infantry Brigade in Helmand Province from October until April, the BBC reported.

Harry spent 10 weeks in Afghanistan before being flown home in February.

He returned from his tour earlier than planned amid fears for his safety when foreign media reported his deployment.

Relatives of those killed or wounded, which included British, Danish, American and Czech soldiers, will also attend the memorial, along with UK Defence Secretary Des Browne and his Danish counterpart Soren Gade.

About 7,500 soldiers were deployed under 52 Brigade command on Operation Herrick 7.

They handed over to 16 Air Assault on 10 April.

Prince Harry’s involvement was kept secret by the UK media to prevent details reaching the Taleban, which it was felt would place the prince and his comrades in greater danger.

He was removed from Afghanistan after news was leaked on a US website. (ANI)

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