Anyone want a Prince Harry break? It’s like a smoke break but with more Ginger Beard. Prince Harry continued his autumn of royal duties yesterday, October 22, attending a service to mark the 75th anniversary of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) across the Armed Forces at St Paul’s Cathedral.
[Harry is pictured with the Lord Mayor of London Alderman Alan Yarrow and his wife Gilly Yarrow]
Harry attended the service, afterward speaking to families of soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan, and speaking to soldiers who lost limbs in Afghanistan.
[Harry speaks to Sapper Clive Smith (L) and Sapper Jack Cummings (R) who both lost their legs in Afghanistan in 2010]
Harry wore a navy suit, white shirt, navy and red tie, and his three medals: Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal; Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan; and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He did not wear his Victorian Order.
[Harry speaks to Luke Sinnott who lost both his legs in Afghanistan in 2010]
In other Harry news, the details of his trip to America has been released. Harry will visit Virginia and Washington D.C. on October 28. Harry will join Michelle Obama and Jill Biden in Virginia at Fort Belvoir to meet wounded servicepeople in rehabilitation programs, and will attend an event in support of the Invictus Games 2016. Later that day, Harry will be in Washington for an Invictus Games board meeting and reception at the British Ambassador’s residence.
Also, Harry will take over for Prince Charles‘ Royal Variety Performance duties since he (and Camilla) will be out of the country on that day. Harry will attend the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall on November 13. The event will be hosted by Jack Whitehall and headlined by Sir Elton John and One Direction.
The Queen and Charles take turns each year attending the RVP. 2013 was Charles’ year, while 2014 was the Queen’s year, though she handed her duties to Prince William and a then-pregnant Kate Middleton.
It’s nice to see Charles turning to Harry to cover for his absence.