The Queen's message marking Prince Harry's secondment to the Australian Diggers

Published 06 April 2015

The following message was sent to the Australian Chief of the Defence Force:

I am delighted that the long and enduring association between the Australian and British Armies will be joined by the military secondment of my grandson, Prince Harry. Together, our Armed Forces share skills, resources and resolve in order to uphold and defend our common values. In 2015, when together we commemorate the many sacrifices of our countrymen at Gallipoli a century ago, it is fitting that we can also reflect on the strength and persistence today of those common values and our professional military ties. I know that Captain Wales will benefit greatly from spending time with the Australian Diggers and I thank you for welcoming him into your ranks.