Prince Harry thanks Estonia for Afghan campaign

AP News
Posted: May 16, 2014 2:17 PM
Prince Harry thanks Estonia for Afghan campaign

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Prince Harry thanked Estonia for fighting alongside British troops in Afghanistan and laid a wreath Friday at a monument honoring those killed during the Baltic nation's 1918-20 war of independence.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Tallinn and waved Union Jack flags as the 29-year-old Harry, in military regalia, marched to the capital's central Freedom Square, accompanied by soldiers of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

Later Friday the prince met wounded soldiers from Estonia's army units, which served primarily under British command during their 11-year deployment in Afghanistan. The last Estonian infantry company left the country last week.

Harry served two tours in Afghanistan, partly as a helicopter pilot.

On Saturday, Harry will observe NATO's "Spring Storm" exercise and meet Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and military leaders before traveling to Italy.

Harry's grandmother is Queen Elizabeth II and he is fourth in line to the British throne.