Prince William attends memorial service in Afghanistan

Prince William, who is third-in-line to the throne, has attended a memorial service at a British base in Afghanistan to pay tribute to the war dead.

Updated: Nov 14, 2010, 21:30 PM IST

London: Prince William, who is third-in-line
to the throne, has attended a memorial service at a British
base in Afghanistan to pay tribute to the war dead.

William laid a wreath in memory of British soldiers killed
in Afghanistan at a service at Camp Bastion in Helmand
Province.

Some 2,500 British personal took part in the service,
which was also attended by Defence Secretary Liam Fox this
week.

"I am extremely proud that Prince William and I could
come to Camp Bastion to stand alongside the men and women
serving in Afghanistan today," Fox said.

"I pay tribute to them, and everyone who has served
before them in this conflict and others on behalf of the
freedoms that the British people enjoy," Fox was quoted as
saying by BBC.

Twenty-six-year-old Harry, had spent 10 weeks in
Afghanistan during 2008.

In London, some 4,500 current and former military
personnel joined Queen Elizabeth II, together with the main
party leaders, by laying wreaths the war memorial, the
Cenotaph.

Britain has lost 343 personnel in Afghanistan, 302 of
them killed as a result of hostile action since military
operations began there in 2001.

PTI