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Afghanistan medals for Aldershot troops

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge will present Operational Service Medals, for deployment in Afghanistan, to soldiers of No. 2 Company, 1st Battalion Irish Guards on later today at their base, Mons Barracks in Aldershot.

One hundred and twenty soldiers returned from Helmand in November, those who went on their first tour will each receive the medal from His Royal Highness for having served on Op HERRICK for six months.

Hampshire pup becomes a regimental mascot

Domhnall has already started his intensive training Credit: Press Association

To the untrained eye, he is just a rather large, playful puppy. But in a few months, Irish wolfhound Domhnall will be leading the way in high-profile state occasions as the new regimental mascot for 1st Battalion the Irish Guards.

Based at Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, the five-month-old is already training for the moment he dons a special silver collar and scarlet tunic to join the guardsmen in their ceremonial role at occasions including the Queen's Birthday Parade.

Domhnall came to the regiment from Ireland untrained and he and his handler, Drummer David Steed, are on a steep learning curve to make sure they look the part when they first fulfil the role for the regiment's grand St Patrick's Day parade next year.

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