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Harry joins tribute to soldiers

Prince Harry in the parade
Prince Harry took part in the parade

Prince Harry has joined a memorial to troops who fell during his Afghanistan tour as it was announced four more UK soldiers were killed in the country.

The 23-year-old Household Cavalry officer was with 200 servicemen and women attending the service at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh.

A total of 24 soldiers died during the deployment of the 52 Infantry Brigade in Helmand from October until April.

The prince spent 10 weeks in the country before returning in February.

News emerged of the deaths of four British soldiers in a blast east of Lashkar Gah on Wednesday.

Harry was among the soldiers, sailors and airmen representing their units in the colourful parade through the centre of Edinburgh's Old Town.

The troops, led by a dozen-strong pipe band, were applauded by the hundreds of onlookers who made their way down to the cathedral from Johnston Terrace.

There were shouts of "Well done" as the soldiers passed by.

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Prince Harry parades with fellow troops before the service

The prince wore his khaki service dress and a navy cap with a red trim.

The troops went on to join families of those killed or wounded at the memorial service, along with UK Defence Secretary Des Browne and his Danish counterpart, Soren Gade.

About 7,500 soldiers were deployed under 52 Brigade command on Operation Herrick 7.

The brigade, which is based at Edinburgh Castle, handed over to 16 Air Assault on 10 April.

Harry's involvement was kept secret by the UK media to prevent details reaching the Taliban and endangering him and his comrades.

He was removed after news was leaked on a US website.




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