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Prince Harry visits RAF Honington in Suffolk to present new Colour

PUBLISHED: 12:22 20 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:28 20 July 2017

Prince Harry inspects the honour guard as he arrives at RAF Honington in Suffolk where will present a new colour to the ground fighting force of the RAF in its 75th anniversary year. Picture: GARETH FULLER/PA WIRE

Prince Harry inspects the honour guard as he arrives at RAF Honington in Suffolk where will present a new colour to the ground fighting force of the RAF in its 75th anniversary year. Picture: GARETH FULLER/PA WIRE

Prince Harry presented a new Colour to the RAF regiment at Honington this morning in its 75th anniversary year.

Prince Harry inspects the honour guard as he arrives at RAF Honington in Suffolk. Picture: GARETH FULLER/PA WIRE Prince Harry inspects the honour guard as he arrives at RAF Honington in Suffolk. Picture: GARETH FULLER/PA WIRE

His Royal Highness visited the RAF base, near Bury St Edmunds, to present the Colour to the RAF Regiment on behalf of The Queen.

The RAF Regiment, which was formed in 1942 and is headquartered at RAF Honington, paraded the new Colour after Harry read out a message sent by the Queen.

He said: “The Queen’s Colour is a symbol of the trust placed in the Corps, its fighting spirit, courage and fortitude.

“I am confident that the Corps’ men, and soon women, will honour all that it represents.”

Prince Harry inspects the honour guard as he arrives at RAF Honington in Suffolk. Picture: GARETH FULLER/PA WIRE Prince Harry inspects the honour guard as he arrives at RAF Honington in Suffolk. Picture: GARETH FULLER/PA WIRE

The Prince arrived at the base by helicopter and began his visit by presenting The Firmin Sword of Peace 2015 to the RAF Police for their contribution to humanitarian activities.

Check out our video of previous Royal visits in Suffolk.

Prince Harry inspects the honour guard as he arrives at RAF Honington. Picture: GARETH FULLER/PA WIRE Prince Harry inspects the honour guard as he arrives at RAF Honington. Picture: GARETH FULLER/PA WIRE

Four swords of peace are awarded each year, to the Army, Royal Navy, RAF and a Joint Service Award.

After the parade and presentation of the Colour, Harry was presented with an RAF Regiment teddy bear by 10-year-old Sam Brown, whose father Flight Sergeant Jordan Brown has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Prince Harry arrives at RAF Honington in Suffolk. Picture GARETH FULLER/PA WIRE Prince Harry arrives at RAF Honington in Suffolk. Picture GARETH FULLER/PA WIRE

Mr Brown, 36, who was born in Dumfries, Scotland, is raising money to help cancer charities.

The Prince, who trained at Wattisham Airfield to become an Apache pilot, also met founder members of No 1 and 2 Armoured Car Company, and eight graduating gunners from Meiktila Flight 4-16.

A group of children, eager to meet Harry, peered through the legs of the gunners.

The Prince noticed their efforts and took the time to speak to them, before he officially opened RAF Honington’s new medical centre and was shown around.

Harry is also set to call in at UK-wide brain injury charity Headway this afternoon in a separate visit to launch a new Brain Injury Identity Card initiative.

He will meet brain injury survivors at the centre in Ipswich, and will hear their experiences of how the identity card has helped them receive support when encountering difficulties with the criminal justice system.

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