April 24, 2012
Prince Harry has won a prestigious humanitarian award for his Army charity work. Photo Credit: WENN
Following Prince Harry’s wildly successful solo tour, he has been selected to receive a prestigious award in recognition of his demonstrated support for veterans and serving members of the armed forces: the Atlantic Council’s 2012 Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership.
St. James’s Palace told media that Harry will accept the award on behalf of both The Duke of Cambridge and himself, at a special dinner in Washington D.C. on May 7.
In an official statement, the Palace says: “Prince Harry will use the award to pay tribute to British and American veterans’ charities for their achievements in helping to rehabilitate wounded servicemen and women and to reintegrate those who have served in the Armed Forces into civilian life.”
A spokeswoman for the Palace told CNN that Harry’s trip to the U.S. will probably last under 24 hours.
The visit to the U.S. comes not long after the Prince took part in his final phase of Apache helicopter training in California and Arizona; the Prince plans to go to Afghanistan for a second stint of service in the near future.
Below, a video by the Press Association.
April 24, 2012
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials this year, say event organizers who have released a public statement.
The decision is an interesting one— given the Duchess has a slight allergy to horses. However, considering Kate’s new roll as an Olympic Ambassador for London 2012, she might be willing to tough out the event; it will be one of the last chances for eventers to “impress” the Olympic selectors, reports Horse&Hound.
The Duchess will also want to show support to her new family member Zara Phillips: “With the fifth spot in Team GBR very much open, the Duke’s cousin, Zara Phillips, will be hoping to impress with Trevor Hemmings’ High Kingdom, 10th at Burghley last year,” reports Horse&Hound.
The royal couple will watch the final jumping test section before presenting prizes to the successful competitors.
This will not be the first or final time the Duchess tries to overcome her horse allergy.
Kate usually watches William play polo
from afar, though, she did attend a charity polo match last year at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club
; It was there that the Duchess told a source she is trying to overcome the allergy: “According to Clarisa Ru, wife of Santa Barbara Polo Club
president Wesley Ru, Kate has been working on overcoming her allergy,” reported PEOPLE
online on July 11, 2011.
“I got a chance to have a conversation with Kate,” Ru told PEOPLE
. “I asked if she was into polo before she met William. She said no. But she’s been riding horses for awhile and she hopes to play polo one day. She said ‘I’m actually allergic to them, but the more time one spends with them the less allergic you become.”