The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry attend The Sun Military Awards
19th December 2011
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry paid tribute to Britain’s Armed Forces tonight as they attended the Sun Military Awards at the Imperial War Museum.
The night, also known as the Millies or Night of Heroes, was also attended by celebrities including footballers David Beckham and Frank Lampard, chef Gordon Ramsay, comedian Jimmy Carr, and television presenter Christine Bleakley.
The Duke and Duchess presented the award for Most Outstanding Soldier to Sergeant Ryan McCready, 26.
The Duke said: “This is a truly well deserved award. Sgt McCready, you exemplify to an extraordinary degree the unique qualities that make the British soldier second to none: courage, steadfastness, professionalism, sense of humour and a deep humanity.”
Sgt McCready, of the 1st Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment, said he was “taken aback” by the award, which he dedicated to the three “fallen comrades” in his battalion.
Private Scott Meenagh won the award for Overcoming Adversity.
The 22-year-old, of 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, lost both legs to a Taliban mine in Afghanistan, and has since won medals at the Endurance Games in the US for water skiing.
Pte Meenagh, who was given his award by Strictly Come Dancing champion Harry Judd and show judge Alesha Dixon, said he was “overwhelmed” by the honour. Before presenting fundraising charity Walking with the Wounded with an award, Prince Harry gave a speech. He said: “It’s often said of our Armed Forces that they are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Well, I don’t entirely buy that. Ordinary people don’t run out under withering enemy rocket and heavy machine gun fire to rescue a wounded comrade. Ordinary people – a private soldier in this case – aren’t described by their platoon as being ‘the rock’ who held them together. “Ordinary people don’t brave monsoon conditions dangling on a winch line to rescue 13 people, each in turn. For that matter, ordinary people don’t put their lives on the line for distant folk, such as the Afghans, who need our help and are now turning their country round because of it. “