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Harry's high praise for Suffolk-based RAF squadron

Prince Harry has been in Suffolk today meeting service personnel and their families at RAF Honington near Bury St Edmunds.

He was there to present a new standard to No 26 Squadron RAF regiment. During his visit he praised the RAF squadron for the vital role it plays in preparing for terrorist attacks in the UK.

His visit comes as troops leave Afghanistan after 10 years of conflict.

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Prince Harry visits RAF base in Suffolk

Prince Harry will visit an RAF base in Suffolk today where he will meet servicemen and women and their families.

Prince Harry at RAF Honington in 2012 Credit: PA Images

Harry, who spent Remembrance Sunday in Kandahar in honour of the fallen, will present No 26 squadron RAF Regiment with a new standard during a parade at Royal Air Force Honington near Bury St Edmunds.

He will then watch the regiment parade before visiting the station's new heritage centre and meeting service personnel and their families.

A standard, a historic ceremonial flag, is presented to RAF Regiment squadrons every 25 years and represents hundreds of years of history of service to the monarch and to the country.

Royal Air Force Honington is the RAF's centre of Force Protection and is the depot of the Royal Air Force Regiment - the ground fighting force of the RAF.

The regiment protects air bases from attack and is trained in a wide range of RAF protection roles.

The Queen appointed her grandson Honorary Air Commandant of RAF Honington in October 2008.

Harry last visited the base in February 2012, when he presented a selection of service commendations to RAF personnel and crews who were serving in Afghanistan.

In July 2010 he also visited the base to present the families of two servicemen killed in Afghanistan with the Elizabeth Cross.

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