Earning Their Wings: Prince Harry Awards Graduates

Prince Harry returned to the Army Aviation Centre where he undertook advanced helicopter training to present the newest graduates with their Wings.

According to Chris Ship, ITV NEWS Royal Editor, Prince Harry seemed to have scrutinised government defence cuts during his visit today. Harry told graduates: “In some areas, budgets are being shrunk.”

Harry presented 12 pilots from Course 17/02 of the Army Air Corps with their Wings at a ceremony an the Museum of Army Flying.

Following the ceremony, HRH took a photograph in front of an Apache helicopter with the graduates.

The Wings Parade takes place after each student completes the operational training phase.

The graduates are then conferred with the insignia distinguishing them as qualified Army Pilots.

Prince Harry graduated in 2010 and participated in the same ceremony. Besides the honour of earning his wings, an extraordinary moment between father and son took place than The Prince of Wales, The Army Air Corps Colonel in Chief, pinned Harry.

Today’s ceremony was the last Wings Parade to be held at Middle Wallop. The service transfers to the Defence Helicopter Flying School at Shawbury as part of the expanded new tri-service helicopter training operation.

Photo Credit: Chris Ship/ITV News


About Cindy

Royal geek and history teacher. Back from my self-imposed Royal Hiatus. Writer, editor and Social Media Director for @royal_circular. Royal watcher circa 1981.

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