Prince Charles presents Welsh Guards with Shader Medals following deployment to Iraq

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Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd (RLC) UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022. MOD News Licence

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Colonel of the Welsh Guards, has presented Operation SHADER medals this week to The Prince of Wales’s Company following their recent deployment to Iraq.

His Royal Highness also joined a reception for the Company and their family members at Combermere Barracks in Windsor.

Between June and December 2021, members of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, including The Prince of Wales’s Company, were deployed on Operation SHADER 13 to Iraq, Kuwait, and Cyprus.

Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd (RLC) UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022. MOD News Licence

Operation SHADER is the British commitment to the continued defeat of Da’esh across the broader Middle East.

The Prince of Wales’s Company were deployed to Erbil in the northern Iraq region of Kurdistan. There, they conducted tactical vehicle patrols across the region, ensuring the safety and protection of multi-national partners as they conducted defence engagement with Iraqi partners.

Photographer: Sgt Donald C Todd (RLC) UK MOD © Crown copyright 2022. MOD News Licence

In Baghdad, Kuwait and Cyprus, members of the Battalion worked with coalition partners in various roles to ensure the success of the defeat Da’esh mission.

These included training the Iraqi Armed Forces, conducting logistical and resupply operations and working in high paced operations rooms.

Many members of the Battalion were deployed for six months, returning home for a two-week period of rest and recuperation in the middle of their tour.

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