Prince Harry to begin new army staff job

Prince Harry in Afghanistan Image copyright AP
Image caption The prince undertook a five-month tour in Afghanistan as an Apache pilot

Prince Harry is to take up a new army staff officer role after completing his attachment as a helicopter pilot.

The prince's new responsibilities will include helping to organise major ceremonial events involving the Army.

He will retain the rank of captain and be based at Horse Guards in London.

The prince served a tour in Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter pilot between September 2012 and January 2013 and qualified as an Apache commander in July last year.

The London District HQ, which he is joining, plans major spectacles including Trooping the Colour and state visits.

Lt Col Tom de la Rue, who commanded the prince in the Army Air Corps, said: "Captain Wales has reached the pinnacle of flying excellence as an Apache pilot, particularly in Afghanistan and, in the process, has proved to be a real inspiration to the many Army Air Corps officers and soldiers who have come to know him so well over the last two years."

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