Hello-Hello, happy middle of the week to all as we careen wildly through Holy Week here at the Prepatorium.
Today we chat about the news that Prince Harry is returning to America. Yes, that dashing rapscallion heads back to the USA, but this time his visit is filled with official engagements and events, we won’t be seeing the fun-seeking bachelor living it up like he did in Las Vegas.
The primary focus of his tour is supporting injured servicemen and servicewomen from both the US and Britain. In January Harry returned from five months on duty in Afghanistan, he is a pilot for the British Army, where he is referred to as Captain Wales.
Harry’s first stop on May 9th is a HALO Trust event in Washington DC, the Trust is the oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearing organization in the world. More about Harry’s time on Capitol Hill with US Senators, followed by a reception and dinner.
Prince Harry will also be thanking them for the key support that the American Government and individuals have given to humanitarian mine clearance over the many years since his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, helped bring the world’s attention to the impact of landmines on so many rural communities.
Friday the Prince will be in ceremonial uniform for his trip to Arlington National Cemetery, where he will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This is followed by a visit to Walter Reed National Medical Center, more from a news release on the tour:
The Prince wants to spend the majority of his time at Walter Reed meeting Servicemen and women using the Center’s gymnasium – people for whom the route back to normal life is a long, difficult process of rehabilitation.
The tour then moves to Colorado Springs. There is an evening reception Friday, on Saturday Harry spends the entire day at the Warrior Games. The Games are hosted by the USOC and include teams from the US Army, United States Marine Corps, US Navy and Coastguard, the Air Force and Special Operations Command. More from a news release:
Approximately 260 wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans will compete in seven sports over the six-day competition. Five U.S. teams will compete, with athletes representing each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as a sixth team from the United Kingdom – the British Armed Forces.
On Sunday Harry will watch cycling events at the Air Force Academy; when visiting the US in 2012 he spent time with both American and British competitors.
One FYI for readers in the area, should you be interested in attending, admission to the Warrior Games is free and open to the public.
Monday is a travel day. Tuesday Harry is in New Jersey touring areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy and meets emergency services personnel who worked throughout the storm. He also will be in New York for a reception honoring British trade interests and a baseball training session for children, the latter being part of the Royal Foundation, the charitable organization that he, Prince William and Kate have set up. That evening he has dinner with the American Friends of that charity.
Harry wraps up his tour in Greenwich, he will be taking part in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup.
Prince Harry will play for the Sentebale Land Rover team, facing off against a familiar face, Nacho Figueras. Mr. Figueras will be playing on the St. Regis team.
The match will be at the Greenwich Polo Club, it is a fundraiser for the Sentebale charity.
More on Sentebale’s mission:
Sentebale is a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. We help the most vulnerable children in Lesotho get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives.
Sentebale works with local grassroots organisations to help these children – the victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Together, we’re making a big difference to these children’s lives. We can do even more with your help.
Above you see Harry chatting with students at a school in Lesotho during his 2012 visit, you can learn more about the organization here.
Methinks the Harry we’ll see on this trip will be much more controlled, yet still debonair and charming, he can’t help himself on that front.
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