Prince Charles Made Honorary Head of NZ Defence
Prince Charles has been appointed Admiral of the Fleet of the Royal New Zealand Navy, Field Marshal of the Army and Marshal of the Air Force.
“These appointments recognise the consistent and strong support Prince Charles has maintained for the New Zealand Defence Force,” said John Key, New Zealand Prime Minister as reported in Scoop News.
“Speaking at this year’s ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Gallipoli, the Prince demonstrated a deep empathy and understanding for the contribution and sacrifice of our Defence Force personnel in conflicts and peace keeping operations around the world.”
The Prince qualified as a Royal Air Force pilot as part of his military training. In 1977 he was appointed Air Commodore-in-Chief of the New Zealand Air Force. Now that he has been made Marshal of the Air Force, he has given up his Air Commodore-in-Chief position.
His new honorary appointments will be formally recognised by the Defence Force at his planned New Zealand visit in November.
Article Source: Sydney Morning Herald, August 03, 2015.
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