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Prince Harry coming to California for military training

August 26, 2011 |  2:12 pm

Photo: Prince Harry. Credit: Getty Images Prince Harry, a.k.a. Capt. Harry Wales of the British Army Air Corps, is bound for the desert of Southern California and Arizona for helicopter pilot training.

The prince's military unit is set to participate in an exercise for Apache helicopter pilots called Crimson Eagle. Among the sites potentially involved are the naval aviation facility at El Centro in Imperial County, the Gila Bend (Ariz.) Auxiliary Air Force Base and the Barry M. Goldwater U.S. Air Force Range.

As the younger son of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and as the grandson of Queen Elizabeth, 26-year-old Prince Harry is third in line for the British crown.

Prince Harry served two months with British forces in Afghanistan. The British press has suggested that the helicopter training is in preparation for redeployment to Afghanistan.

Just when the prince might arrive is unknown. U.S. and British military spokesmen won't reveal a date.

Prince Harry's website says he's set next week to attend the seventh annual WellChild Award ceremony in London to present an award.

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Photo: Prince Harry. Credit: Getty Images

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