On the same day Tony Blair announced a withdrawal of some 1,600 troops in the coming months we get confirmation that Prince Harry will deploy with his squadron to Iraq.

Prince Harry and his squadron from The Blues and Royals have received their marching orders to deploy to Iraq in May despite yesterday’s announcement that 1,600 British troops will be withdrawn at that time.

Second Lieutenant (or Cornet) Wales will be leaving with A Squadron The Blues and Royals, Household Cavalry, as part of the next rotation of troops for Operation Telic.

As Tony Blair made his long-awaited statement that British forces can start thinking of returning home, the Prime Minister refused to apologise for the Iraq war. Facing calls from MPs to take responsibility for the chaos that came after the invasion, Mr Blair declared that terrorism would be defeated “when we do not apologise for our values but stand up for them”.

No details have been given about the Prince’s responsibilities, but he is likely to serve with his squadron wherever it is deployed. This could mean being posted to Maysan province for reconnaissance along the border with Iran. Prince Harry has already made his wishes clear. He wants to be with his squadron, not locked away in a staff job in a heavily protected base.

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Harry, youngest son of heir to the throne Prince Charles, has always said he wanted to put his training into practice.

“There is no way I am going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country,” the red-headed prince said in an interview to mark his 21st birthday.

“That may sound very patriotic, but it’s true,” said Harry, once dubbed a royal “wild child” for his underage drink and drugs antics.

This post at Wikipedia on Henry V of England needs some editing. Someone doesn’t like Shakespeare. It’s under the heading Role in government and conflict with Henry IV.