Prince Harry promoted to captain in British army

Monday April 18, 2011

After five years of serving as an officer, Prince Harry has been promoted to the rank of captain in the British Army.

The royal was awarded the coveted Apache Badge by his squadron commander on Thursday, St James' Palace announced.

The badge is given after completion of the first stage of training as an Apache helicopter pilot.

Harry joined the army in 2005 after a 44-week training course at Sandhurst.

In 2007-2008 he spent 10 weeks in Afghanistan, making him the first royal in more than 25 years to serve in a war zone.

Harry's father Prince Charles, a former Royal Navy helicopter pilot, paid a private visit to the Army Aviation Centre last month.

The heir to the throne was there in his capacity as Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps.

During his visit, he flew an Apache, designed to hunt and destroy armoured vehicles, and met students on his son's course.

Photo: © Getty

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