It seems as though William, Kate and Prince George surprised guests at the Special Air Service camp at Credenhill yesterday for the SAS’s 75th anniversary.
Due to the location people were asked not to take photos, and as of publishing the post, none have emerged. Onlookers did share nuggets of information from the day, though. Prince George was reportedly very much in his element quickly joining in to play with a group of children.
A lady who was there shared news on Facebook she chatted with Kate while her children played with George: “My children played with George. He’s so handsome and Kate is stunning – something to tell the children.” She added: “She’s a fantastic down to earth mommy, she plays with him she’s very hands on.”
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More from The Mail Online report that the Cambridges unveiled a statue at the SAS base, before meeting serving and retired members of the elite regiment.
The Red Arrows, who perform a fly past at Trooping the Colour each year, put on a display and there was a Spitfire flypast as Prince William and Kate spoke to a group of veterans in their 80s, who served in the original SAS during the Second World War.
A SAS source said: “It was a fantastic occasion. Soldiers were not allowed to take photographs of the Royal party or the statue, which was of two troopers and an Army working dog.’ The statue is called The Pursuit Of Excellence.”
We mentioned above photos were prohibited at the event due to the location. The Special Air Service (SAS) is a special forces unit of the British Army – undertaking a number of roles including covert reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, hostage rescue and direct intelligence gathering. Most recently members of the SAS were deployed to Iraq and Syria, tasked with tracking the Islamic State terrorist group. Little publicly verifiable information exists on the SAS, as Her Majesty’s Government does not usually comment on special forces matters due to the nature of their work.
It sounds like it was a family-orientated event celebrating a landmark anniversary. It’s always wonderful to see the Royal family supporting the military and their families publicly and it private events like today’s. It makes the day all the more special for those involved.