In pictures: Princes William and Harry join flood relief effort

The Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry have joined colleagues from the armed forces as flood efforts continue in Berkshire.

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The royals started work in flood-hit Datchet at 06:00 GMT during a private unannounced visit.

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Television cameramen and photographers soon arrived once news spread.

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The royal brothers, who were dressed in waterproofs and wellington boots, were seen forming part of a human chain unloading sandbags from an Army vehicle and putting them on to the back of a train.

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When Prince Harry, who is still a serving officer with the Household Cavalry, was asked by reporters if he was enjoying helping out, he replied: "Not really, with you guys around."

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A newspaper reporter said he was asked by Prince William: "Why don't you put your notebook down and give us a hand with the sandbags?" But when the journalist agreed to help, aides said he was not wearing the appropriate clothing.

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The Queen, the princes' grandmother, has also joined in the relief effort by providing feed and bedding for livestock to flood-hit Somerset farmers.

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Graham Leaver, clerk at Datchet Parish Council, said the princes "were very involved and wanting to know what was going on. They have been in Datchet and the area and I think it's gone down very well. That is my assessment."

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The royal pair braved further rain during the morning. The Environment Agency said it has recorded parts of the Thames at their highest levels for 60 years.