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Monday, 5 May 2008

Lieutenant Wales Receives Service Medal

Lieutenant Wales parades with the Household Cavalry, the Blues and Royals Regiment (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons), and is one of 170 soldiers awarded a military campaign medal from HRH The Princess Royal earlier today for services rendered in Afghanistan.

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7 comments:

Beaverbrook said...

Good post, M'Lud.

Why is it that the young royals cannot stop blushing and smiling when on parade in front of other royals? Yes it's their family, but so it was in earlier times. I'd like to see how that would have gone over with the King Emperor!

I believe Edward VIII was quite fearful of his father, George V, as he in turn was during the reign of Edward VII. Even the previous generation felt uneasy in the military presence of their father, Prince Philip. But now it's all giggles and blushes.

Anonymous said...

Ditto, Lord Beaverbrook, not to mention the fact that sloppy shock of red hair would not be tolerated in Uncle Sam's legions.

Can the UK no longer afford military barbers?

~ Belloc

Stauffenberg said...

The Prince's haircut, albeit a tad too long, is in-keeping with the mildly individualist haircuts of many British officers. Which makes them look like officers and not like convicts as seems to be the fashion of the day elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

You don't say?

I guess when lack of discipline and common identity has allowed the star and crescent to snap smartly over the Caliph's Londonistan Palace at Buckingham, it really won't matter anyway. Will it, old chap?

~ Belloc

Lord Best said...

"I guess when lack of discipline and common identity has allowed the star and crescent to snap smartly over the Caliph's Londonistan Palace at Buckingham, it really won't matter anyway. Will it, old chap?"

I think someone has been smoking a bit too much of their illicit substance of choice.

Splendor Sine Occasu said...

As far as I can remember, soldiers in the British Army have had longer hair than the average Canadian or American squaddie.

Not necessarily a bad thing...just how they choose to do it.

Passing the Ammo said...

I agree with the pro-haircut sentiments. Take a look at any US Marine -- squared away from stem to stern, usually with a high-and-tight. The only way you can see their hair is to remove their cover.

I sincerely disagree with someone's above comment about convicts. Convicts, typically, lack the honor, integrity, and discipline that men and women in the service possess. Much like in the Catholic liturgy, external signs and symbols point to an intangible condition within, so it is with a state's armed forces.