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Prince Philip opens barracks in his name in Wiltshire

The Duke of Edinburgh has been in Wiltshire today to officially open a barracks in his name.

"The Prince Philip Barracks" have a new headquarters at MOD Lyneham, the new home to the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

The naming of the newly refurbished barracks marks a significant milestone for the Corps, which recently bid farewell to sites in Arborfield and Bordon to move to new headquarters at MOD Lyneham where state-of-the-art technical training will be delivered.

The Duke has been Colonel-in-Chief of the Corps since 1969. See his official opening of the barracks below.

Major Rebecca Macklin was at the event with the Duke.

That was amazing, he came to meet some of the armourers, because I'm responsible for some of the armourer training - so he met three of my junior soldiers, two of my more senior guys and then two of the guys from Lance Corporals who're in the middle.

They chatted to him and he was really engaging - he was very interested in the training that we're carrying out here.

– Maj Rebecca Macklin, Alamein Company

Hundreds of extra staff head to Abbey Wood

200 more staff are heading to MoD Abbey Wood near Bristol to work on private contracts Credit: ITV News

200 extra staff are moving to the Ministry of Defence headquarters at Abbey Wood near Bristol.

They work for private contractors who are being brought in at a cost of £240 million to oversee large-scale projects, including supplying equipment to the armed forces. The MoD says it is "important to have the right expertise".



Soldiers' body parts and tissues kept

An urgent investigation is underway after it was revealed that tissue samples from soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been kept by the Ministry of Defence.

The remains, which have been held without permission from families, were discovered last month at Bulford camp in Wiltshire. A number of body parts were also found at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.

Tonight the Army said they're "deeply sorry" and that investigations are being carried out to identify families affected

Ministry of Defence 'deeply sorry' at body parts error

Speaking to BBC News, Major General James Everard, Assistant Chief of the General Staff, said:

We owe a huge apology to the families involved and those who will now be feeling stressful even if it doesn't affect them.

These were just tissue samples that we had failed to recover post-inquest and deal with in line with the families' wishes.

It's a failure of process, nothing more than that, but we absolutely recognise this will cause distress and we're deeply sorry."

– Major General James Everard
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