Royal Marines

'Crazy Day': Royal Marine Father Presents Green Beret To Son During Prince Harry Visit

Marine Dylan Joyce was given his beret by father Warrant Officer Daz Joyce, after completing a 30-mile Commando Test on Dartmoor.

A new Royal Marine received an extra surprise on a "crazy day" when his father and fellow Marine presented him with his green beret after completing a 30-mile Commando Test on Dartmoor.

Marine Dylan Joyce was given his beret by father Warrant Officer Daz Joyce, after being watched by the Captain General Royal Marines, Prince Harry.

Marine Joyce only found out his father would be giving him his beret halfway through the "hideous" 30-mile walk: "I was high on adrenaline and high on morale for that.

"[I’m] over the moon and to have my dad here is the best feeling."

Warrant Officer Joyce works as a Royal Marines welfare specialist worker and told Forces News it was a "very, very proud" day for him.

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Marine Dylan Joyce was presented with his Green Beret first by his father and then by Prince Harry (Picture: L/Phot Alex Ceolin/Royal Navy).

"It was a shock when he first told me he was going to follow in my footsteps and join the Royal Marines," said WO2 Joyce.

"[There were] mixed emotions about that having done 27 years myself and experienced any highs and lows but immensely proud to come down here today and be part of this for him.

“I know what it’s like to be stood there, I know how tough it is to get through training."

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Marine Joyce and his fellow new marines finish their 30 mile commando test.

Prince Harry's visit to the event was kept under wraps and personnel were only told that a 'VIP' would be in attendance.

As Marines ran over a bridge to finish off the 30-mile Commando Test on Dartmoor they were treated to a round of applause from the watching crowd and a salute from their Captain General, the Duke of Sussex.

Both Joyce father and son got to meet Prince Harry afterwards, something Marine Joyce described as "another surreal feeling to just top a crazy day".

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Prince Harry meets marines in Devon (Picture: Royal Navy).

Warrant Officer Daz Joyce it was "really amazing to meet Prince Harry" and the pair chatted about fatherhood.

The Duke of Sussex was appointed Captain General Royal Marines in December 2017 – succeeding in the role his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Since then Prince Harry has regularly visited the corps, meeting marines in Devon last year and in Norway on Valentine’s Day last week.