Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Prince William on Secret Afghan Trip

Prince William, second in line to the British throne, went on a secret visit to Afghanistan to meet frontline British troops, his office said on Wednesday.

A spokesman said the 25-year-old prince, who was recently awarded his Royal Air Force (RAF) wings after a training course, flew a military transport plane from the Royal Air Force base on Sunday, and arrived in Afghanistan the next day.

He spent three hours with British service personnel at the airfield before returning to Britain via Qatar. Permission for the confidential trip on Monday had been given by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, and his father, Prince Charles.

The purpose of the trip was for the Prince to familiarize himself with the operations of the RAF in theatre. Calling the confidential 30-hour trip a success, the spokesperson said: "It passed without a hitch."

William's younger brother Harry served for 10 weeks with British troops in Helmand province earlier this year.

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