Prince Harry recently gave a touching speech for the Royal Marines in Devon.

The 34-year-old Duke of Sussex presented the troops with their highly coveted green berets which symbolically marks the end of training at the base in Bickleigh. While there, Prince Harry, who took over the role of Captain General from Prince Philip in 2017, offered his congratulations for their achievement.

“This is an enormous privilege for yourselves to get the green beret. I am fully aware of how lucky I am to be wearing the green beret without doing what you’ve done,” he said. “For some of you, this is merely the beginning of a very, very long very wonderful, hopefully, the career of opportunities which you would never get anywhere else,” he added.

Prince Harry also witnessed the final part of the Commando test, and he saluted and clapped as the newly-qualified marines jogged past him on the final stretch of the 30-mile march. During the test, the Marines were asked to carry loads of 45 pounds on top of their rifles, which they had to complete within eight hours.

The Duke of Sussex served in the forces for 10 years, and he said that people join the Marines for a number of different reasons. Following his visit, Major General Charlie Stickland, Commandant General Royal Marines, described Prince Harry’s visit as fantastic.

Marine Kieran Castle, 21, from Plymouth, Devon, said that being handed his green beret by Prince Harry was an amazing experience.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry went on his royal engagement by himself because his wife, Meghan Markle, was in New York City for her baby shower with her friends. The Duchess of Sussex flew to the Big Apple on Friday and was photographed on their way to the venue of her celebration.

Markle flew back to London on Wednesday, and her baby shower was reportedly attended by some of her closest friends like Serena Williams, Amal Clooney, Misha Nonoo, and more.

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Prince Harry was at the Royal Marines in Devon for his official engagement. Pictured: Prince Harry Captain General Royal Marines, visits 42 Commando Royal Marines at their base in Bickleigh to carry out a Green Beret presentation at Dartmoor National Park on February 20, 2019 in Plymouth, England. Getty Images/Finnbarr Webster