Troops on military exercise in Estonia will take a break from their war games to meet Prince Harry.Harry, who arrived in Estonia yesterday for a two-day visit, will learn about exercise Spring Storm from UK, Estonia and America servicemen taking part.
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, who have worked alongside their Estonian counterparts in Afghanistan, are taking part in the training, the final exercise for Estonian conscripts after a year of national service.
The battalion’s tactical headquarters and Burma Company will be acting as enemy forces for the largest army exercise in the Estonians’ training calendar.
UK and Estonia have had close ties since Britain supported the nation’s fight for independence in 1918.
In recent times a company of soldiers from the Baltic republic have been under British command in Afghanistan since Estonia first sent troops to the country in 2006.
Some wounded soldiers from the European country have even been treated alongside UK soldiers at Headley Court in the UK.
After meeting the servicemen near Otepaa, a popular winter resort, the royal will fly to Italy for a two-day visit.
Harry will attend events marking the the Second World War’s Italian campaign , focusing on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, some of the toughest fighting in the conflict.