Prince Harry the toast of New York

In his first official trip as a Royal to the United States, Prince Harry took New York by storm, in solemn tribute and joyous celebrations of life and the bonds of British and American commonality. 

New Yorkers and Americans everywhere are responding with admiration for the accomplished soldier and handsome youngest son of Princess Diana.

Britains Prince Harry bows his head in silent prayer after dedicating a wreath of flowers at the site of the September 11 World Trade Center terrorist attack, in New York City, USA, 29 May 2009. Prince Harry is on a whistle-stop 36 hour official trip to New York City ending on 30 May afternoon. He is spending 29 May on official duties, paying his respects at Ground Zero, visiting a veterans hospital and naming the British Gardens. On 30 May he will take part in a polo match supporting his charity Sentebale. The Prince is visiting the US for only the second time as the first was a private visit when he was a child. EPA/STEPHEN CHERNIN

Britain’s Prince Harry bows his head in silent prayer after dedicating a wreath of flowers at the site of the September 11 World Trade Center terrorist attack, in New York City, USA, 29 May 2009. Prince Harry is on a whistle-stop 36 hour official trip to New York City ending on 30 May afternoon. He is spending 29 May on official duties, paying his respects at Ground Zero, visiting a veteran’s hospital and naming the British Gardens. On 30 May he will take part in a polo match supporting his charity Sentebale. The Prince is visiting the US for only the second time as the first was a private visit when he was a child. EPA/STEPHEN CHERNIN

Taking time out to honor the dead of 9/11, where over a hundred British citizens also lost their lives that morning, Prince Harry paid tribute to all the 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks, laying a wreath at Ground Zero in New York.

Britains Prince Harry (R) grimaces as he shakes U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Yarbroughs (L) DEKA hand during a tour of the prosthetics lab at the Veterans Administration Harbor Healthcare System, in New York, USA, 29 May 2009. VAhospital Prosthetist Christopher Fantini is in background. EPA/MARY ALTAFFER

Britain’s Prince Harry (R) grimaces as he shakes U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Yarbrough’s (L) DEKA hand during a tour of the prosthetics lab at the Veterans Administration Harbor Healthcare System, in New York, USA, 29 May 2009. VAhospital Prosthetist Christopher Fantini is in background. EPA/MARY ALTAFFER

The thoughtful act began his anticipated two-day visit of the city, and Harry took time to talk and meet with New York firefighters and first responders at a construction site, after placing a wreath at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan this afternoon.  CNN reported that NYFD Engine 10 crew present Prince Harry with a fireman’s T-shirt and a helmet. The company reportedly lost six fireman that awful day.

The wreath also had a message signed by Prince Harry:

“In respectful memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and in admiration of the courage shown by the people of this great city on that day.’

The rest of his day included being greeted by cheering crowds of people including New York state governor David Paterson.

Britains Prince Harry (L) inspects t-shirts given to him before posing for a photo with US veterans of past and current conflicts, and Royal Marine Joe Townsend of Eastbourne, England (C) during a tour of the Veterans Administration Harbor Healthcare System, in New York, USA, 29 May 2009 . EPA/MARY ALTAFFER

Britain’s Prince Harry (L) inspects t-shirts given to him before posing for a photo with US veterans of past and current conflicts, and Royal Marine Joe Townsend of Eastbourne, England (C) during a tour of the Veterans Administration Harbor Healthcare System, in New York, USA, 29 May 2009 . EPA/MARY ALTAFFER

Prince Harry also greeted well wishers at The British Garden at Hanover Square. 

In tow for this trip with the young Prince was a fellow British veteran of the Afghanistan war, Joe Townsend, who was invited to join Harry on his trip Stateside.

Prince Harry was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Blues and Royals of the Household Cavalry Regiment and even served with older brother Prince William temporarily.  Prince Harry is a trained tank commander who served for 77 days on the front line in the Afghan War until his safety was compromised by news reports.

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