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Prince William Presents Medals to Soldiers Who Served in Afghanistan

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Prince William is wrapping up his busy week of engagements.

The 31-year-old royal presented service medals to the First Battalion Irish Guards at Mons Barracks on Friday, Dec. 6, in Aldershot, England.

The Duke of Cambridge, donning a military uniform, was photographed arriving and taking the salute.

Per the BBC, the soldiers receiving the medals came home in October from their first tour in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. They were deployed for six months on Operation Herrick.

Prince William is the colonel of the regiment.

Prince Harry, also known as Capt. Harry Wales, has been deployed to Afghanistan twice, most recently completing a four-month stint of service abroad in January 2013.

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The night before, Prince William, along with wife Kate Middleton, attended a royal screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The audience was told the tragic news of Nelson Mandela's passing as the credits rolled.

As they stepped out of the theater, Prince William told reporters that Mandela was an "extraordinary and inspiring" man and that his death was "extremely sad and tragic news."

He added, "My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now."

Kate appeared somber as she stood by her husband's side and did not make any comments.

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