Prince Harry visits the U.S. in his capacity as third in line to the British throne. He arrived in the country on Thursday and flew a commercial flight with only five others. He is here representing his grandmother the Queen and the British government.
His whirlwind tour began with a visit to Halo Trust, a charity that his mother, Princess Diana held close to her heart and which clears landmines in countries affected by war and a reception at the British Ambassador’s residence to celebrate Halo’s 25th anniversary. Harry has stated that this is a charity that he will continue to support in his mother’s name.
He also met with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House in a ceremony honoring America’s military mothers. The event to celebrate Mother’s Day in the U.S. had 50 children participate preparing gift cards for their mothers and Prince Harry making a surprise appearance as a special guest.
The young Prince helped the kids make their goody bags which included bouquets of roses, edible jewelry, and baked crisps.
On Friday Harry visited Arlington National Cemetery and laid a wreath at the tomb of an unknown soldier, chosen at random, who served in Afghanistan. His message read: “To my comrades-in-arms of the United States of America, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom.”
Wearing his uniform and walking with his hands behind his back as a sign of respect, Harry knelt before the tomb and then he stood at attention. He visited section 60 of the cemetery, which is the section in which soldiers that have served and died in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.
Harry has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan as pilot of an Apache helicopter also laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and President John F. Kennedy eternal flame.
Afterwards the 28 year old young man visited the Walter Reid Military Hospital where he met with veterans who suffered severe injuries and are in rehabilitation. These events show the caring side of the sometimes trouble maker Prince. In his last U.S. visit, he was the focus of scandal, when photographs surfaced of him naked in the company of several women.
Afterwards the Prince heads to Denver, Colorado, where he will attend the opening ceremony at the Warrior Games, an event for more than 200 wounded service members and he will witness the first performance of a British team in these games.
He also plans to visit areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy along with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The final event is a fundraising Polo match in which he will participate with other celebrities such as Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame.
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Prince Harry at Arlington National Cemetery