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4 Rifles Awarded Op Toral Medals By Duchess Of Cornwall

Soldiers have received their medals after their recent return from Afghanistan.

Soldiers of 4th Battalion The Rifles have received Op Toral medals from the Duchess of Cornwall after their recent return from Afghanistan.

The Duchess of Cornwall, the Royal Colonel of 4 Rifles, visited Normandy Barracks in Aldershot to present soldiers with the medals.

Twenty-three soldiers provided force protection in Kabul as part of the Operation Toral commitment, delivering training and mentoring to the Afghan National Army and National Police.

This regiment is the British Army’s Specialised Infantry Battalion with responsibility for the Middle East and North Africa.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall said: "You proud yourselves as natural innovators, always at the forefront of change.

"As the British Army modernises and adapts to a multitude of fresh challenges, I can think, though of course I’m biased, of no better battalion to be leading this exciting new role."

Rifleman Mitchel Andrews said: "Really proud moment, first medal… it was really nice.

"Family watching it as well, I’m hoping they’re proud. It was my 21st birthday today as well, so it’s a special occasion."

Corporal Katie Lavelle said: "First one, so proud moment! Mum and dad are here, so it’s good."

The Long Service and Good Conduct medal was also awarded to Major Andy Pemberton, who is leaving 4 Rifles after 30 years.

Major Andy Pemberton, Officer Commanding Headquarter Company said: "Taking the parade in front of the battalion, it meant the world to me… as a soldier starting from the beginning and ending up as a company commander.

"It was a huge privilege."