The royal flew to the Air Station in Bardufoss, Norway, to meet some of the personnel living and training on the base

By Erin Hill
February 14, 2019 07:36 AM
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Prince Harry is spending part of Valentine’s Day away from wife Meghan Markle as he heads north on official royal duty.

The prince traveled to Norway on Thursday to visit service members. In his role as Captain General of the Royal Marines, the former army captain will see how Exercise Clockwork — the traditional name of the annual winter exercise — has trained over 16,000 Royal Marines and Royal Navy sailors and airmen since 1969. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the exercise.

Harry took over the Captain General role from his grandfather Prince Philip, 97, in December 2017, as the Duke of Edinburgh gradually gave up some of his patronages surrounding his official retirement from public life.

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The royal flew to the Air Station in Bardufoss, Norway, to meet some of the personnel living and training on the base. He will also view a variety of outdoor Ground Training Stances, which will demonstrate the equipment and training that is conducted at Clockwork.

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During the multinational exercise, personnel are taught how to survive, operate and fight in the extreme cold weather and gain experience of operating aircraft in severe cold weather and mountainous environments.

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The prince is also likely to see some of the specialist aircraft housed in a hangar – including Apache helicopters, which he flew on his second tour of Afghanistan in late 2012.

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Despite the distance (just a couple hours by plane), Meghan will find a way to make the day special for the couple. As she once revealed on her former lifestyle site, The Tig, “Hook, line and sinker, I am such a sucker for Valentine’s Day.”