The Prince of Wales meeting members of the multinational Provincial Reconstruction Team
Prince of Wales makes surprise visit to British troops in Afghanistan
HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, has made a surprise visit to British troops in Afghanistan. He is the most senior member of the royal family to visit Afghanistan and the only one in living memory to visit Kabul.
After spending the night at Camp Bastion, today the Prince visited Patrol Base Pimon, a forward Patrol Base in the Nad- e Ali district area of Helmand Province, operated by the Right Flank, The Scots Guards. The Nad-e Ali area was the focus of much of the UK effort as part of Operation Moshtarak.
He also visited Task Force Helmand Headquarters at Lashkar Gah to meet the troops and receive a brief from Brigadier James Cowan before meeting with Afghan District Governor Mangal and, together with British commander, took part in a shura with local elders.
He flew into the Afghan National Army brigade camp of Shorabak in an RAF Chinook, close to Camp Bastion, where he was greeted by an Afghan guard of honour before speaking with Afghan troops and their British mentors from 2nd Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment. The Afghan and British soldiers gave a demonstration of instructional and training techniques, including identification of IEDs.
He later flew to Camp Bastion where he spoke with soldiers of the Joint Helicopter Force (Afghanistan), the UK Joint Force Medical Group, and the Joint Force EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) teams.
The Prince laid a wreath at the Camp Bastion memorial, in memory of those British soldiers killed during the campaign.
The Prince’s visit to troops was part of a two day programme, which also included meeting with the Commander of ISAF, General McChrystal, diplomatic representatives and senior Afghan Government officials. He also visited the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Kabul.
His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales is Colonel in Chief of:
The 1st Battalion The Queens Dragoon Guards
The Royal Dragoon Guards
The Mercian Regiment (2 Mercian and 4 Mercian)
The Parachute Regiment
The Royal Gurkha Rifles
The Army Air Corps
His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales is Colonel of:
The Welsh Guards
His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales is Royal Colonel of:
The 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (The Black Watch)
The 7th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (51st Highland)
Picture Credit: Major Paul Smyth