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Prince Harry has congratulated newly-qualified Royal Marines as he presented them with their coveted green berets.

The Duke of Sussex saluted and clapped recruits as they finished a 30-mile march – their final Commando Test on Dartmoor.

The royal also visited the base of 42 Commando in Bickleigh, Devon.

Prince Harry salutes the recruits
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The Duke of Sussex saluted the recruits

Harry, who assumed the role of Captain General Royal Marines from the Duke of Edinburgh in December 2017, told them: “This is an enormous privilege for yourselves to get the green beret.

“I am fully aware how lucky I am to be wearing the green beret without doing what you’ve done.”

He added: “Genuinely, huge congratulations.”

Former Royal Marine Gareth Evans, 60, watched as his 25-year-old son Huw was handed his green beret by Harry.

Mr Evans, who retired as a sergeant in 1992, said: “I couldn’t be prouder. It has been a long wait but we knew he would get there and he has.”

Marine Evans, from Crediton, Devon, had spent the past two years, two weeks, three days and eight hours training for that moment.

Wearing his green beret for the first time, he said: “It is a long, long time. I am quite emotional.

“It was a really great feeling.”

He said the recruits felt “lucky” to have been handed their berets by Harry.

Marine Kieran Castle, 21, from Plymouth, Devon, described the moment he was handed his beret by the prince as “an amazing experience”.

Prince Harry during a visit to 42 Commando Royal Marines at their base
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Prince Harry posed for photos with them as well

“It is quite hard to put into words how I’m feeling right now, it hasn’t quite sunk in yet,” he said.

“We told him we were exhausted. He said congratulations for our efforts.”

Major General Charlie Stickland, Commandant General Royal Marines, said the visit was “fantastic”.

“A big part of a young man or woman joining the Royal Marines is about finishing the course and winning their green beret,” Maj Gen Stickland said.

“It is the culmination of blood, sweat and tears to get to that point.

“For the Captain General to hand them their beret is unbelievably special.”

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