2 hours, 38 minutes ago LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Prince Harry is to serve in Iraq with his regiment as the first royal to see active service for 25 years, the Ministry of Defence said Thursday. The 22-year-old, who is third in line to the throne, is a second lieutenant in the Blues and Royals regiment, which will deploy to Iraq in May and June for six months. Harry is "over the moon" about the news, according to a regimental source, and will serve as a troop commander, leading a troop of 12 men in four Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicles. His uncle, Prince Andrew, was the last British royal to be sent to the front line, serving as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot during the 1982 Falklands War. The deployment of Harry, son of the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles, comes as Britain hands over more responsibility for security to Iraqi authorities. Prime Minister Tony Blair announced on Wednesday that the number of British troops in Iraq would be cut by 1,600 to 5,500 in the next couple of months. The prince has insisted he should receive no special treatment despite security concerns. "There's no way I'm going to put myself through Sandhurst (the army officers' training college) and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country," he said in 2005. He even reportedly threatened to quit the army if he was not allowed to serve on the front line. But amid media suggestions that he will be assigned minders from the elite Special Air Services (SAS) unit of the army, some have voiced concern that Harry could be a target for insurgents seeking a high-profile British scalp. Acknowledging the threat, the Ministry of Defence and Clarence House, the office which handles Harry's affairs, described media speculation about where he would be deployed as "potentially dangerous". They will write to news organisations to ask them to "respect this matter of operational security" and allow Harry to complete a "normal tour of duty", they added in a joint statement. The regimental source warned that, if the press were to track his movements too closely, "you're effectively giving the map co-ordinates to the insurgents of where to find him". Harry would have "a price on his head", the source added. Last month, Harry attended a two-day training course to learn skills including basic Arabic, mines awareness and patrolling techniques. His time in the army has helped him largely to shake off the hard-partying reputation he earned as a teenager, although he is still regularly photographed emerging from some of London's glitziest nightspots in the early hours. In 2005, he sparked international outrage by attending a fancy dress party dressed as a Nazi soldier. He also smoked cannabis while a student at the elite Eton College and has admitted he enjoys a drink and a cigarette. His brother, Prince William, is in the same historic regiment as Harry and is currently undergoing troop leader training. Clarence House said that a decision on whether he would be deployed to the front line would be taken when he completes the course later this year. But it is thought highly unlikely that the future king would be sent to a war zone. Tony Blair is cutting the number of British troops currently in Iraq. And the report said that Harry won't be sent to a war zone. Still, I really hope he (and the other troops) stay safe.