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Prince Harry pays tribute to British war dead in Italy

Published on May 19, 2014 11:35 PM

CASSINO, Italy (AFP) - Prince Harry stood shoulder to shoulder with veterans of the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy on its 70th anniversary on Monday, honouring the British soldiers who fell by laying a wreath at the Commonwealth War Cemetery.

The 29-year-old Harry, a captain in the British army who has served two tours in Afghanistan, also walked among the white graves near Cassino, some 140 kilometressoutheast of Rome, before going for a tour of the Colosseum.

"It's important that the sacrifice that was offered here is not forgotten," Jonathan Boardman, the Church of England's archdeacon for Italy, said on the sidelines of the event.

One of the veterans attending was Fred Mason from the West Midlands, who took part in the Italian campaign. "It's a bit emotional but I think it's worth coming back,'' he said.

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