Prince Harry is back on British soil. The Apache helicopter pilot landed in the U.K. today (Wednesday), three days after the Ministry of Defense confirmed he was on his way home from Afghanistan. "Prince Harry has arrived back in the UK after a four month tour in Afghanistan," Clarence House confirmed in a statement on it's official Twitter. Examiner.com has obtained pictures of Prince Harry's homecoming which show him disembarking from the military plane that carried him and his comrades back home.
The 28-year-old prince was snapped stepping off a Royal Air Force A-330 transport aircraft after arriving at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, England today. Following a 20-week mission in southern Afghanistan, the soldiers were welcomed back to snow on the ground.
Prince Harry was deployed to Afghanistan for the second time in September 2012. He and his unit were stationed at Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan. As part of the 100-strong 662 Squadron, 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps, Harry's squadron's mission is to, "provide surveillance, deterrence and, when required, close combat attack capabilities as well as escort duties for other aircraft."
British troops will begin leaving Afghanistan in 2014, however, there is the possibility that Prince Harry could see a third tour of duty there.
As for what he'll do now that he's back home -- palace officials confirm there will be a period of rest and relaxation before Prince Harry is called on for any official royal duties. It's expected the royal family will celebrate Harry's homecoming, although no details have been released.