Prince Harry is to become the Honorary Air Commandant at a Suffolk airbase.

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The 24-year-old prince’s appointment to Royal Air Force (RAF) Honington, near Bury St Edmunds, England was announced along with several other honours which Queen Elizabeth approved to highlight the royal family’s links with the RAF.

Buckingham Palace released a statement saying: “The queen has been pleased to approve new Royal Air Force honorary appointments in recognition of the strong links between the Royal Air Force and the royal family.”

Community leaders were delighted with the news, believing it recognises the sterling work the base has done during several tours of duty in the Middle East.

County councillor for the base Rebecca Hopfensperger said: “It is really good news. The base really deserves it – they’ve been involved in active duty on a number of occasions recently and they have lost people.

“They deserve some kind of honour and this is really good news, both for the base and for the county as a whole.”

Harry’s brother Prince William was named Honorary Air Commandant for RAF Coningsby near Lincoln.