Prince Harry has been appointed Captain General Royal Marines, taking over for Prince Philip.
Prince Philip’s association with the Royal Marines dates back 64 years to June 2, 1953, when he was appointed Captain General in succession to the late King George VI.
Yesterday, it was announced that The Queen has given her formal approval to the appointment of Prince Harry as Captain General as the retired Philip has stepped down.
Philip carried out his last official duty as Captain General – receiving Major General Robert Magowan, Commandant General Royal Marines, and Major General Charles Stickland, Commandant General Royal Marines Designate. Harry was also present.
Also yesterday, The HALO Trust released a video message from Harry for the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Mine Ban Treaty. He says in the video:
“Twenty years ago this year, my mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, walked through a cleared minefield in Angola. She witnessed first hand the pain and suffering of those whose lives had been destroyed by landmines. As she comforted children waiting patiently for their prosthetic legs, parliaments, non-government organizations, and campaigners around the world came together to find a way to stop the killing and maiming for good. The result was a treaty designed to rid the world of landmines forever.
“Some of the children who she met in that clinic are now parents themselves. It is unbearable to think that their children are still forced to live with the legacy of a war that finished decades ago. Only this October, a fourteen year old boy called Sapalo lost both his legs in an explosion in Moxico in Angola – one of the countries my mother visited two decades ago.
“Together, the states, donors, and non-government groups gathered here in Vienna have made huge progress towards achieving a world free of mines. To date, twenty-nine states have been declared mine free – a tremendous achievement and a testament to the treaty’s ambition and vision. But millions of people are still affected by mines, and there is so much more which still needs to be done.
“The Mine Ban Treaty includes a commitment from the international community to clear the world of landmines by 2025. With just eight years to go, we must stiffen our resolve and redouble our efforts if we are to stand any chance of achieving this goal. I am delighted that the British Government has taken the lead by increasing its funding to clear these terrible legacies of war, but without similar commitments across the world, the 2025 goal will not be achieved.
“It is incredible to think that if we clear some of those countries most affected, then we can free over 60 million people from the threat of landmines for good, and bring back transport, development, agriculture, and the ability for future generations of children to play without fear.
“My mother also visited Bosnia twenty years ago, where she promised two young boys coming to terms with life-changing injuries that they would never be forgotten. These young boys are now men, and it falls to me and all of us to uphold her promise.
“So on behalf of them and the children she met in Angola, let us recommit today to the Maputo deadline of 2025. Let us not meet again in another ten years and hear that a new generation of children face being killed or maimed through innocent play.”
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