North Yorkshire: Prince Charles praises service families

The Prince of Wales meets people during a walk about on Boroughbridge Main Street after he took the salute for for 9 Regiment Army Air Corps at their Freedom Parade following their return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. PIC: PA

The Prince of Wales meets people during a walk about on Boroughbridge Main Street after he took the salute for for 9 Regiment Army Air Corps at their Freedom Parade following their return from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. PIC: PA

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The Prince of Wales praised service families today as he presented medals to soldiers saying he knew “only too well how difficult it can be when your loved ones are away for so long and in harm’s way”.

Charles was speaking after presenting medals to members of 9 Regiment Army Air Corps, following their recent tour of Afghanistan, and taking the salute as they marched through the centre of Boroughbridge.

Hundreds of people, including scores of flag-waving and cheering schoolchildren, turned out to welcome the Prince and the soldiers.

In a speech in the Market Square, he said: “I would like to take this opportunity to add my warmest thanks to the families here today.

“As the father of two serving officers I know only too well how difficult it can be when your loved ones are away for so long and in harm’s way.

“Your moral support for them all is absolutely crucial to the success of this fine regiment and I know that the soldiers here would be the first to say how grateful they are to you and the support of this town and many of its residents.”

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