Prince Harry presents the RAF Regiment with a new Colour

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Prince Harry has visited RAF Honington to present the RAF Regiment with a new Colour on behalf of The Queen, who is the Regiment's Air Commodore-in-Chief.

The visit started with Prince Harry presenting The Firmin Sword of Peace to the RAF Police, before meeting personnel from the RAF Police.

Prince Harry presents The Firmin Sword of Peace to the RAF Police

The Firmin Sword of Peace is an award given to units of the Armed Forces for activities above and beyond the unit's normal role.

His Royal Highness, accompanied by Air Commodore Frank Clifford, then presented the new Colour, which comes in the Regiment's 75th year.

A Colour is a large flag that traditionally acting as a rallying point for troops, and to mark the location of the commander. Although they are no longer carried into battle, Colours are still very symbolic constituting a regiment's honour and representing its devotion to duty.

Prince Harry then delivered a message from The Queen.

I am pleased that Prince Harry is able to present a new Colour to the Royal Air Force Regiment in this, your 75th Anniversary year, on my behalf as your Air Commodore in Chief. – Elizabeth R

Following the presentation, His Royal Highness met and chatted to a number of service families before officially opening the Station Medical Centre.

The visit finished with a tour of the new facilities and hearing from staff and patients.

Following on from RAF Honington, Prince Harry visited Ipswich to launch a new initiave from the UK-wide brain injury charity, Headway.

The charity's Brain Injury Identity Card will help police identify brain injury survivors and ensure they are given appropriate support when they come to contact with the criminal justice system.

The card is supported by organisations across the UK including the National Police Chiefs' Council, Police Scotland, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the National Appropriate Adult Network and NHS England's Liaison and Diversion Service.

During his visit, Prince Harry met those involved in creating the Identity card, as well as brain injury survivors. His Royal Highness was able to hear how the Brain Injury Identity Card has helped them when encountering difficulties with the criminal justice system.

 

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