The Duke Of Cambridge – who is the colonel of the regiment – looked dapper in a military uniform when he arrived at Mons Barracks in Aldershot to award medals to soldiers who came home in October from their first tour in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, where they were deployed for six months on Operation Herrick.
After presenting the medals on the parade ground, he told the men: “You did your job magnificently, helping the people of Helmand to face their future with greater security and confidence, and you all came home safe and sound.”
He added: “This speaks greatly of your professionalism and to your care for one another. We are extremely proud of you, and glad beyond words that you are safely home.”
Prince Harry, also known as Capt. Harry Wales, has also been deployed to Afghanistan twice, most recently completing a four-month stint of service abroad in January.
Prince William’s appearance comes after he attended the London premiere of “Mandela: A Long Walk To Freedom” with his wife, Duchess Catherine.
The pair were among VIP’s who were told of Mandela’s tragic passing while the credits rolled after the screening.
As they stepped out of the theater, Prince William told reporters that Mandela was an “extraordinary and inspiring” man and that his death was “extremely sad and tragic news.”