The Prince presents operational service medals to the 1st Battalion Welsh GuardsView Album (7 images)
Soldiers who fought in Afghanistan received their operational service medals from The Prince of Wales in west London, today.
The troops from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards were presented with the military honours by The Prince, who is the regiment's Colonel.
Lieutenant Colonel Dino Bossi, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, said: "We had a marvellous day today. It was an honour and a privilege to host our Colonel and for us to reaffirm our connection with him. "That's never more evident than in the care and attention he takes spending time with our bereaved families and the injured (soldiers') families.
"They're left in no doubt he personally and the nation in general recognise the sacrifices they have made."
During his visit to the unit's base, Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, The Prince presented the medals to the guardsmen on the parade ground after taking a royal salute.
The 1st Battalion served in Afghanistan from March to October and lost a number of men during their deployment. During a private reception, The Prince met the families of soldiers who had been killed while on operations and presented them with Elizabeth Crosses.View Album (7 images)