Friday, 14 February 2014

Princes William And Harry Help With Flood Relief

The Royal princes have made an unannounced visit to a flood-hit village in Berkshire, to help colleagues from the Armed Forces shore up flood defences.
Dressed in waterproofs and wellington boots, William and Harry volunteered alongside the Household Cavalry on Friday morning in Datchet, Berkshire.
The Duke of Cambridge and his brother worked from around 6am, helping residents protect their properties with sandbags.
Kensington Palace said: "The Princes have both seen the pictures. They wanted to do their bit to help in a private capacity.
"The most appropriate way was through the Armed Forces relief effort."
Video of the brothers shows them laughing with soldiers as they unload bags from an Army lorry.
Despite dressing down, the princes' efforts didn't go unnoticed for long
Parish clerk Graham Leaver said: "They were very natural. To be honest, they could have walked in among people here and nobody would have recognised them looking at the way they were dressed.
"They came into our parish office and it took most of us a few minutes to realise they were there. They were particularly interested in talking to the troops."
Datchet has been the scene of some of the worst flooding in the UK in recent weeks. The Household Cavalry, of which Prince Harry is still a serving officer, has been deployed to the area.
Flood Warnings Continue As More Rain Is Forecast Across England
Hundreds of homes have been flooded in Datchet and along the River Thames
Mr Leaver said: "The support we have received from the Army has been absolutely excellent and if they hadn't come into Datchet we as a parish would have been overwhelmed.
"We are all very grateful for the support we have had."
William and Harry were not alone in efforts to support flood-hit areas on Friday. While they were able to put their military training to use, the Queen also found ways to pitch in.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said she is supplying feed and bedding from the royal farms at Windsor to Somerset farmers hit by flooding on the Somerset Levels.

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