Prince Harry led Britain’s remembrances on Friday when he made a moving reading and laid a wreath at a national memorial.
Dressed in his Blues and Royals uniform, Harry joined servicemen and women at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, for the solemn ceremony that took place on Armistice Day, the day that marks the end of fighting during the World War I.
Much of the United Kingdom fell silent at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, commemorating the moment the guns stopped on the battlefields of Europe in 1918.
Harry’s tribute came on the day that it was revealed that his girlfriend, Suits actress Meghan Markle, has been staying with him at his Kensington Palace home. She was spotted on Thursday shopping nearby and bringing groceries back to Nottingham Cottage in the palace compound.
And then Friday, at the Arboretum, Harry read Robert Brooke’s poem The Soldier and he walked along the memorial seeing all the names of the 16,000 men and women who have died in combat since World War II. It was a particularly moving moment as Harry knows the horrors of war — he served for 10 years in the British Army and was deployed twice to Afghanistan.
On Saturday, his brother Prince William and Princess Kate will join Queen Elizabeth and other members of the family at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. On Sunday, there will be the somber Remembrance Day services centering on Whitehall’s War Memorial, the Cenotaph.