UK's Prince Harry promoted to captain in army

AP News
Posted: Apr 16, 2011 8:03 PM
UK's Prince Harry promoted to captain in army

Britain's Prince Harry has been promoted to captain in the Air Corps after completing five years' service in the army, palace officials said Sunday.

The prince, a former lieutenant and trainee Apache helicopter pilot, would now be known as Captain Harry Wales, St. James's Palace said in a statement.

He was also awarded his Apache Badge on Thursday, marking the completion of an eight-month course that included day and night flying and ground school training.

The 26-year-old prince is now qualified to fly the aircraft without an instructor, and he has progressed to a further weapons handling course to complete his training as an Army Air Corps pilot.

Harry became an army officer in April 2006, after a 44-week training course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, southwest of London. He had served for 10 weeks in Afghanistan during 2007 and 2008 as an air controller.

He will be best man at his brother Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton in London on April 29.