Prince Harry never wanted to be a superman, ninja or power ranger.

For a young prince who craved normality, he always favoured a more practical kind of heroism - as these pictures taken of Harry as a child show.

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Harry in preparation for his future career


The prince, who has given an in-depth interview about his time serving as an Apache helicopter pilot at Camp Bastion, dressed up as a soldier from a young age.

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The two pictures show how Harry's running style hasn't changed


The adorable pictures of Harry as a youngster show him in an oversized helmet and clad in dark green.

Another shows him in a strikingly similar pose as pictures taken just weeks ago in Camp Bastion, running towards a light tank.

The pictures were taken during a visit to the barracks of the Light Dragoons in Hanover, Germany, in 1993, when the prince was just eight years old.

SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE PICS OF HARRY THROUGH HIS YEARS IN THE ARMY


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    File photo dated 29/7/1993 of Prince Harry during a visit to the barracks of the Light Dragoons in Hanover, Germany.

  • PA NEWS PHOTO 29/7/93 PRINCE HARRY WEARS CAMOUFLAGE PAINT AS HE RIDES IN A LIGHT TANK DURING A VISIT TO THE BARRACKS OF THE LIG...

    PA NEWS PHOTO 29/7/93 PRINCE HARRY WEARS CAMOUFLAGE PAINT AS HE RIDES IN A LIGHT TANK DURING A VISIT TO THE BARRACKS OF THE LIGHT DRAGOONS IN HANOVER, GERMANY

  • Prince Harry Visits Barracks of the Light Dragoons - Hanover, Germany

    PRINCE HARRY WEARS CAMOUFLAGE PAINT AS HE RIDES IN A LIGHT TANK DURING A VISIT TO THE BARRACKS OF THE LIGHT DRAGOONS IN HANOVER, GERMANY.

  • Royalty - Princess of Wales - RAF Whittering

    Princess of Wales watches as her younger son, Prnce Harry, sits in the cockpit of a Harrier GR5 during a visit to RAF Whittering.

  • Prince Harry Visits Barracks of the Light Dragoons - Hanover, Germany

    PRINCE HARRY RUNS TOWARDS A LIGHT TANK DURING A VISIT TO THE BARRACKS OF THE LIGHT DRAGOONS IN HANOVER, GERMANY.

  • The Princess of Wales

    The Princess of Wales and her son Prince Harry inspect an honour guard when they visited the Barracks of the light Dragoons in Germany

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    Prince Harry at the Eton Tattoo.3/4 length, army, marching, royals, hat

  • Prince Harry Eton Parade

    Prince Harry, youngest son of the Prince of Wales and grandson of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, took charge of a 48-strong parade of military cadets at Eton, fuelling speculation that he may opt for a military career. *..Harry, 18, was appointed Commander of Eton's Combined Cadet Force's formal trooping of the colour ceremony. The Prince of Wales was among those looking on as his youngest son led the guard of honour's march out on to College Field with their colours at the yearly tattoo, held since The Corps was founded in 1860. 12/06/03 : Prince Harry as the Parade Commander of Eton College s tattoo last month. As the Prince left Eton it was announced that he wants to be a career soldier and will apply to Sandhurst military academy. Harry, third in line to the throne, has not chosen a regiment yet but speculation has centred on the Welsh Guards. 24/09/04: It was announced that Prince Harry has achieved his dream of joining the Army after passing his Sandhurst entrance exams: the 20-year-old will enlist for officer training at the prestigious Royal Military Academy early next year - expected to be in January.

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    Prince Harry on parade at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy for presentation of New Colours on21 June, 2005. Anwar Hussein/allactiondigital.com *** Local Caption *** Prince Harry

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    Prince Harry on parade at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy for presentation of New Colours on21 June, 2005. Anwar Hussein/allactiondigital.com *** Local Caption *** Prince Harry

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    The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall speak to Prince William and Prince Harry before leaving Sandhurst Royal Military Academy after The Sovereign's Parade that marked the completion of Prince Harry's Officer training. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo Picture date: Wednesday April 12, 2006. The Prince was one of 220 cadets passing out and receiving their commissions into the British Army. See PA story ROYAL Harry. Photo credit should read: Tim Ockenden / PA.

  • Prince Harry at Bovington - Dorset

    Prince Harry in a Spartan armoured reconnaissance vehicle during his driving and maintenance phase at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) Driving and Maintenance School at Bovington in Dorset.

  • Prince Harry at Bovington - Dorset

    Prince Harry in a Spartan armoured reconnaissance vehicle during his driving and maintenance phase at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) Driving and Maintenance School at Bovington in Dorset.

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    Prince Harry at the Eton Tattoo.Full length, army, marching, royals, hat

  • Prince Harry returns from Afghanistan

    Prince Harry (left) walks across the tarmac as he returns from Afghanistan at RAF Brize Norton on March 1, 2008.

  • Prince Harry returns from Afghanistan

    Prince Harry leaves the terminal at RAF Brize Norton with his brother Prince William following his return from Afghanistan on March 1, 2008.

  • Prince Harry tour of duty in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry talks to a local Afghan man, and tells him the route around a British Army cordon, with the help of an Afghan interpreter (out of picture at left), in the desert in Helmand province in Southern Afghanistan.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry eats a boil-in-the-bag lunch in the desert in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan on February 19, 2008.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry sits outside the Fire Planning Cell at JTAC Hill close to FOB (forward operating base) Delhi in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan on January 2, 2008.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry practices his rugby skills with the crew of his Spartan armoured vehicle during a break in their duties in the desert in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan on January 2, 2008.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry looks thoughtful in the desert in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan on February 20, 2008.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry patrols the deserted town of Garmisir close to FOB (forward operating base) Delhi in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan on January 2, 2008.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry practices his rugby skills with the crew of his Spartan armoured vehicle during a break in their duties in the desert in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan on January 2, 2008.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry smiles as he sits at the observation post on JTAC Hill close to FOB (forward operating base) Delhi in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan on January 2, 2008.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry (centre back) poses with soldiers in the desert in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan on February 19, 2008.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry patrols the deserted town of Garmisir close to FOB Delhi (forward operating base) while posted in Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry talks about his forthcoming mission to Afghanistan at Clarence House, London.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry looks through sights of his SA80 rifle while on patrol through the deserted town of Garmisir close to FOB Delhi (forward operating base) while posted in Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry patrols the deserted town of Garmisir close to FOB Delhi (forward operating base) while posted in Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry holds his SA80 rifle as he patrols the deserted town of Garmisir close to FOB Delhi (forward operating base) while posted in Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry patrols the deserted town of Garmisir close to FOB (forward operating base) Delhi in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan on January 2, 2008.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry fires a 50mm machine gun at Taliban fighters while posted in Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry talks to aircraft operating over Afghanistan near JTAC Hill while posted in Helmand Province in Southern Afghanistan.

  • Prince Harry in Afghanistan

    Prince Harry carries a 9mm pistol and wears body armour in the desert in Helmand Province, Southern Afghanistan.

  • Prince Harry receives campaign medal

    Prince Harry (right) and the Household Cavalry Regiment marching through the streets of Winsdor to the Army Garrison Church for a service of Remembrance for those who have died in Afghanistan.

  • Prince Harry receives campaign medal

    Prince Harry marching after a service of Remembrance for those who have died in Afghanistan at the Army Garrison Church in Windsor.

  • Prince Harry receives campaign medal

    Prince Harry salutes after a service of Remembrance for those who have died in Afghanistan at the Army Garrison Church in Windsor.

  • Prince Harry receives campaign medal

    Prince Harry marches through Windsor to a service of Remembrance for those who have died in Afghanistan at the Army Garrison Church in Windsor.

  • Trooping the Colour - London

    Prince Harry travels in an open carriage at Trooping the Colour Ceremony.

  • Prince Harry launches Khumbu Challenge

    Prince Harry straps himself into an army Jackal vehicle as he leaves the launch of Exercise Khumbu Challenge, at HM Devonport in Plymouth.

  • Prince Harry launches Khumbu Challenge

    Prince Harry straps himself into an army Jackal vehicle as he leaves the launch of Exercise Khumbu Challenge, at HM Devonport in Plymouth.

  • Prince Harry at Bovington

    Army handout photo of Prince Harry in a Spartan armoured reconnaissance vehicle during his driving and maintenance phase at the Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV) Driving and Maintenance School at Bovington in Dorset on Friday July 7 2006.

  • Prince Harry turns 25

    File photo dated 29/05/2009 of Prince Harry, who celebrates his 25th birthday today.

  • Prince Harry graduates

    Prince Harry receiving his Flying Wings from his father, the Prince of Wales, during a graduation ceremony from an advanced helicopter training course at Museum of Army Middle Wallop in Strockbridge, Hampshire.

  • Prince Harry graduates

    Prince Harry after receiving his Flying Wings from his father, the Prince of Wales, during a graduation ceremony from an advanced helicopter training course at Museum of Army Middle Wallop in Stockbridge, Hampshire.

  • Prince Harry graduates

    Prince Harry receiving his Flying Wings from his father, the Prince of Wales, during a graduation ceremony from an advanced helicopter training course at Museum of Army Middle Wallop in Strockbridge, Hampshire.

  • Prince Harry graduates

    The Prince of Wales, Colonel in Chief presents flying badges to students, including Prince Harry, who have successfully completed the Operational Training Phase of the Army Air Corps Pilots course carried out at the Army Aviation Centre at Middle Wallop, Hampshire.

  • Prince Harry graduates

    Prince Harry, who has successfully completed the Operational Training Phase of the Army Air Corps Pilots course carried out at the Army Aviation Centre at Middle Wallop, Hampshire, is presented with flying badges by The Prince of Wales, Colonel in Chief.

  • Prince Harry graduates

    Prince Harry after receiving his Flying Wings from his father, the Prince of Wales, during a graduation ceremony from an advanced helicopter training course at Museum of Army Middle Wallop in Strockbridge, Hampshire.

  • Prince Harry graduates

    Prince Harry after receiving his Flying Wings from his father, the Prince of Wales, during a graduation ceremony from an advanced helicopter training course at Museum of Army Middle Wallop in Strockbridge, Hampshire.

  • Prince Harry graduates

    Prince Harry and follow pupils wear Army Flying Corps blue berets following their pilot course graduation at the Army Aviation Centre on May 7, 2010.The Prince will learn to fly Apache helicopters during the next part of his training.