22-year old Prince Harry is expected to ship out to Iraq by the end of February.
It's reported he will join his regiment and serve in Basra in light armoured vehicles performing reconnaissance duties.
Members of Britain's Royal family have served in combat before. Prince Andrew flew helicopters in the Falklands while the fleet was under attack from Argentinian aircraft. However this would be the first time one got involved in counter-insurgency.
What a prime target for the insurgents. Sending a high-profile person into harm's way in Iraq seems astonishingly stupid. After all, this is the same combat zone where the likes of George Bush or Condi Rice can only stage surprise visits.