Prince Harry Hosts Spanish Royals at Westminster Abbey for Somber Ceremony Honoring Veterans
Prince Harry escorted the King and Queen of Spain to one of London's most iconic landmarks
Prince Harry escorted the King and Queen of Spain to one of London’s most iconic landmarks when he hosted them at Westminster Abbey on Thursday.
The three royals stood still as they were welcomed to the Abbey and told that the unnamed soldier was brought from the war graves in the battlefields of northern France in 1920.
The Dean of the Abbey, John Hall, told the Spanish royals that Westminster Abbey is where monarchs have their coronations — Queen Elizabeth’s was in June 1953 – and many great men and women are buried there.
Prayers were also said for Queen Elizabeth and King Felipe and their respective governments.
It was the second event that Harry, 32, has taken part in during the royal couple’s State Visit, following a glamorous State Banquet in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace on Wednesday evening after being asked by his grandmother Queen Elizabeth to help senior members of the family entertain the royals.
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Kate dazzled in jewels made famous by Princess Diana: The Lover’s Knot tiara, and earrings that belonged to the late princess. She was also given a stunning diamond and ruby necklace to wear by the Queen.
Also on Wednesday, William held a reception at Kensington Palace for the England Women’s soccer team to wish them luck before the European championships, and then chatted to members of a local girls’ team who were put through some drills with their England sporting idols.
Despite hardly being dressed for sport, William took a penalty kick and scored, raising his arms in triumph.
He wasn’t so lucky when he manned the goal himself, letting in a couple of shots from some of the young players.
The busy day for the royal family continues with Kate’s visit to the Natural History Museum to help launch a new display that recreates the sounds and scents of the ocean and see the newest attraction – a diving blue whale skeleton, which is suspended from the ceiling.
And Harry will be in front of the cameras later when he attends the world premiere of the war film, Dunkirk, in London, alongside some veterans of the WWII battle, and others from more recent conflicts.