The prince, 30, continues a week of public royal duties

By Simon Perry
Updated June 10, 2015 02:55 PM
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It’s already been a whirlwind week for Prince Harry!

The dapper royal rubbed elbows with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett at a benefit for his charity, WellChild, on Monday. He then paid tribute to the world-famous Nepalese Gurkha soldiers at a special event at the Royal Hospital in London on Tuesday. (The palace gave royals fans a treat with a throwback photo of a young Prince Harry with a Gurkha soldier!)

And on Wednesday, he kicked off the official 100-day countdown to the Rugby World Cup, which will be hosted by England in September.

The prince, 30, was on hand at Twickenham Stadium in London to launch the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour of the U.K. and Ireland.

The rugby-loving prince was at the 2003 finals in Sydney when England won, and he talked about the importance of the sport during his speech.

“[The tournament] has the ability to broaden the reach of the game and deliver a long lasting legacy for the sport,” Harry said. He went on to praise the game for being one “built on values – respect, pride, team work and discipline.”

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He also gave a big welcome to rugby fans across the world as they travel to the U.K. for the upcoming games.

“As we have shown with the Olympic, Commonwealth and Invictus Games, we are a nation of great hosts – a nation that seizes the moment. The world will be expecting us to deliver and I know we won’t disappoint. [We] will make every nation feel at home and we will provide the best possible welcome to the 20 teams, and hundreds of thousands of fans coming to the U.K.,” he said.

Harry’s busy week will continue Thursday when he joins family and friends of the fallen at the inauguration of the Bastion Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. The event will pay tribute to those who lost their lives during combat operations in Afghanistan.

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