At your Royal service: Prince Harry to dish up Christmas dinner to junior soldiers in Afghanistan It is a tradition for officers to serve lower ranks their meal on Christmas DayThird in line has offered to take help out by carving turkey at Camp Bastion
22:35 GMT, 22 December 2012
Prince Harry is to add some royal cheer to festive celebrations at Camp Bastion by serving up Christmas lunch.
The third in line has offered to take help out by carving a huge turkey to dish out to hundreds
of junior soldiers at Camp Bastion.
It is a tradition for officers
to treat lower ranks to their meal on Christmas Day, but will be in
strict contrast to the lavish meal the Apache pilot has served up by
butlers every year at Sandringham with the royal family.
Royal service: Prince Harry pictured in Afghanistan. He is to add some
royal cheer to festive celebrations at Camp Bastion by serving up
After his hard work, Prince Harry will be able to sit down at the bright-decorated trestle tables and eat with his comrades, reports the Daily Mirror.
And then after lunch he will spend Christmas Day with the Royle Family – even though he is 4,000 milse away in Afghanistan.
The BBC comedy will air in Camp Bastion via the British Forces Broadcasting Service – and harry is expected to watch it after his daily duties as an Apache helicopter pilot.
The 28-year-old will later have the opportunity to talk to his family on video-calling software Skype.
Prince Harry was deployed in September as part of the helicopter team tracking down and destroying Taliban targets.
was a return to the front line for Captain Harry Wales, as he is known
in the army, having previously served a 10-week stint from December
The tour was shrouded in secrecy and Harry was forced to return home early after news of his presence leaked out.
Seasonal greetings: A Christmas tree decorates part of the high-security Forward Operating Base Price
Pre-Christmas dinner: The Prime Minister Cameron eats a turkey dinner with British soldiers during a visit to Forward Operating Base Price in Helmand Province this week
the royal flew back to the war zone in September for a four-month tour
with the Army Air Corps, St James’s Palace said Prince Charles was
'immensely proud of his son'.
Recently Prince Charles has admitted being wracked with worry while his
officer sons are serving on the frontline, telling families of the armed
forces 'I really do understand' during an emotional speech.
Prince of Wales told families at a military awards evening how he had to
persuade his youngest son to write to him, but that fortunately 'he calls every now
Inundated: Troops at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, unload bags of Christmas mail from the UK
Charles, 64, who was speaking at The Sun's Military
Awards event, held to honour the bravery of the armed forces, said: 'As
you can imagine being a parent of two boys in the armed forces, I do
share with you the worry and anxiety of not knowing the exact details of
our children's whereabouts.'
Son Prince William also serves as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.
Solider serving in Afghanistan over
the festive season have already been given a royal morale boost when
they received a visit from the Princess Royal this week.
Princess Anne flew into Camp Bastion to be shown around by a number of units to see the work they are doing.
princess, who was accompanied by her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim
Laurence, was shown around Camp Tombstone where the Royal Scots
Borderers, 1st Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 Scots) are
which is based at Dreghorn Barracks in Edinburgh, left Scotland in
September to complete a six-month tour of Afghanistan.
The Princess Royal is given a tour of 7 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps by Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Blair-Tidewell (left) during her visit to Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
The Princess Royal is given a tour of Camp Tombstone and is shown ways of detecting IED's by Private Betts (right) of 1 Scots
They have been working with members of the Afghan National Army in Camp Shorabak, which is the Afghan base attached to Bastion, in an advisory and training role.
Major Andy Watson, 33, from Edinburgh, said: 'The visit is fantastic. It was a nice surprise as we only found out about it at the last minute for security reasons.
'We were showing off a series of photographs to demonstrate what we've done and our approach to our mission over the past three months, and also some equipment as well. For many of the Jocks it's the first time they've met Her Royal Highness, so for morale it's fantastic – especially this close to Christmas.'