Prince Harry presents Royal Navy medals

Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

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Prince Harry braved the cold rain yesterday to carry out his first medal presentation to Royal Navy counter mine personnel.

In his role as Commodore-In-Chief, Small Ships and Diving, he presented operational medals to members of the First and Second Mine Countermeasures Squadrons at Portsmouth Naval Base, Hampshire, to mark their service in Iraq.

The prince was then given a tour of the minehunter HMS Cattistock and had a chance to meet groups of naval personnel and their families.

Able Seaman Grant Mallion, of HMS Shoreham, from Cambridge, received his medal as he celebrated his 20th birthday yesterday.

He said that the prince talked to him about the Six Nations rugby tournament and England’s chance of winning.

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