Armed with iPhones, American girls have come out in droves to spot Prince Harry, who wraps up his US tour today. The man third in line to the British throne (that is, until Kate Middleton has her baby) has been participating in loads of all-American activities. He's mingled with cheerleaders, tested out his American football skills, played baseball in New York City, spent time with First Lady Michelle Obama and military families, and sang happy birthday to Olympic gold medalist and adorable teen Missy Franklin. Much of that time, Prince Harry has had an audience of "Harry hunters," the unofficial term given to wide-eyed girls who aspire to be Kate's sister-in-law one day, if only in their dreams. Before Harry hops back across the pond, let's send him off with a look at all the admiring female fans who came out for his visit.
Although Prince Harry was in NYC, he may have felt a bit at home as he hopped on a special London tour bus with UK Prime Minister David Cameron. They arrived at Milk Studios in the Big Apple, where the red double-decker was included in a showcase of British trailblazers in technology as a part of the GREAT campaign, which promotes the UK around the world. He later rolled up his sleeves to try his hand at America's game — baseball. He visited the field in Harlem to launch a partnership between the Harlem RBI and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. It was a busy day for Prince Harry, who made a visit to the Jersey Shore this morning, where he accompanied New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to survey the damage left behind by Hurricane Sandy.
Prince Harry and the governor toured Seaside Heights, which was one of the areas most devastated by October's hurricane. After promising to keep Prince Harry fully clothed during his visit — a joke made in relation to Harry's nude photo scandal in Las Vegas last year — Gov. Christie kept true to his vow by gifting the visiting royal with a version of his own fleece and joked on Twitter, "Greeting Prince Harry at the Jersey Shore the best way I know how; with his own Royal Fleece."
The royal is making his first visit to the US since his mishap in Las Vegas and has already made stops in Colorado, Maryland, and Washington DC since kicking off his tour last week. Over the weekend, he attended the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, CO, where he was treated to cheerleaders and football as part of the Paralympics-style competition for wounded and disabled veterans.
Prince Harry continued his US tour yesterday by launching a race at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, CO, and picking up a few pointers on one of America's favorite pastimes — football. It was Harry's second day at the Games, which are a Paralympics-style competition for wounded and disabled veterans. He revealed that the Games are close to his heart, especially since he serves in the UK's Armed Forces and spent two tours in Afghanistan. Harry told a crowd while kicking off a cyclist race, "You've got the Olympics, you've got the Paralympics. There's no reason the Warrior Games shouldn't be recognized worldwide." Later yesterday, Harry visited the US Air Force Academy's football training center, where he threw around a pigskin with players and formed a human pyramid with smiling cheerleaders.
It was a busy weekend for the Prince. On Saturday, Harry played in an exhibition sitting volleyball game with his fellow servicemen and women and launched the start of the Games alongside Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin.
Up next, Harry will return to the East Coast to visit areas in New Jersey that were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy and take part in a charity polo match in Connecticut. Don't forget to vote for your favorite royals by taking part in our POPSUGAR 100 bracket for a chance to win a Victoria Beckham handbag!
Prince Harry showed off his athletic skills in Colorado Springs, CO, yesterday when he played in a seated volleyball match at the Warrior Games, an Olympics-style event for disabled and wounded veterans. He put a United Kingdom Armed Forces jersey over his fatigues to take part in the match, which involved him joking around with the other team and falling over himself to save the ball. Earlier in the day, Captain Wales, as he is known in the British Army, was on hand to light the torch at the opening ceremonies for the games and mingle with spectators and athletes. The competitors on the Warrior Games' British team reportedly found the prince easy to talk to and shared their stories. One British Army captain said, "He knows what it's like out there. He's been on the ground and in the air." Harry has previously served two tours in Afghanistan, the most recent one ending in January.
Yesterday marked the third day in Prince Harry's weeklong tour of United States, which so far has taken him to Washington DC to meet with Senator John McCain and Michelle Obama on Thursday and had him singing "Happy Birthday" to Missy Franklin in Denver, CO, on Friday. He'll soon head back to the East Coast where he will visit New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut over the coming days.
Prince Harry met with Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin at a special reception in Denver, CO, yesterday as part of his US tour. He joined the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to Missy, who was celebrating her 18th birthday, and mingled with partygoers at the Sanctuary Golf Course. While this is the Prince's first official visit to Colorado, it isn't his first time in the state — he's been on rafting and ski trips with his brother, Prince William, and his late mother, Princess Diana. This weekend, Prince Harry will attend the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, CO, where he will watch more than 200 wounded veterans compete in various athletic competitions.
His visit with Missy came on only the second day of Prince Harry's US tour, but he's already packed in quite a few events. He attended a charity event for the HALO Trust and met up with Michelle Obama in Washington DC on Thursday and he paid his respects to American veterans on Friday. Harry will also visit New Jersey to tour areas damaged by Superstorm Sandy and play at the Sentebale Polo Cup match in Greenwich, CT.
Prince Harry met with disabled vets at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he joked around in the gym, this afternoon in Bethesda, MD. It was his second public event of the day. This morning, Prince Harry paid his respects to fallen US soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Dressed in his ceremonial Blues and Royals of the British armed services, Harry reflected on the deaths of soldiers in the Afghanistan war and dropped off a wreath at the tomb of an unknown soldier. The Afghanistan conflict is of particular meaning to Harry, as he's done two tours of duty there as a helicopter pilot. He left a message to the fallen at the cemetery, writing on a wreath, "To my comrades-in-arms of the United States of America, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom." Later today, he will travel to Colorado for the Warrior Games, a competition for wounded or ill soldiers.
Harry's American tour will also see him visit Colorado, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to focus on charity. Yesterday, Harry kicked off his latest stint in America with a handful of political engagements. He started the day touring a land mine exhibit, hosted by the HALO Trust associated with his mother, Princess Diana, alongside Senator John McCain, then surprised military families at a White House reception hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. Harry wrapped up his night with a dinner at the British ambassador's home.
Prince Harry arrived in Washington DC today to kick off his weeklong US tour to promote Britain and his charities. His first stop was touring an exhibit about landmines, which was organized in partnership with the HALO Trust — a landmine removal organization associated with Princess Diana — alongside Senator John McCain.
Harry and his entourage then headed to the White House, where he joined First Lady Michelle Obama on stage for a surprise visit during the Joining Forces event in honor of military mothers. He later attended British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott's residence for a small dinner. Harry's six-city trip continues tomorrow when the prince will jet to Denver to watch the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs before returning to the East Coast early next week to stop by New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York. At some point during his stay, Harry is set to see the Hurricane Sandy-damaged Jersey Shore with Gov. Chris Christie, who promised earlier in the year that he would chaperone and make sure Harry stays clothed during the visit, since it is Harry's first time back in the States since his Las Vegas scandal last August.
Kate Middleton and Prince William are putting the finishing touches on their new home, and that includes hiring their housekeeper. Will and Kate have hired Antonella Fresolone, one of Queen Elizabeth's housekeepers, to run their abode in Apartment 1A at Kensington Palace, where they will move to in the Fall. She is reportedly already helping the expectant couple out by working with them in their current home at Nottingham Cottage. The new housekeeper isn't the only person helping the couple as they prepare for their new baby — Kate Middleton went shopping with her mom at an upscale baby store in London back in April, where the two bought a large white basket for the new little royal.
It's a good thing that Kate has been getting help and rounding out her household staff, as she has been busy with work all through her pregnancy, including spending her two-year wedding anniversary with Prince William at a children's hospice. She and William may be expected to dedicate more of their lives to their royal jobs, as there have been rumblings about the prince quitting his job with the Royal Air Force once Kate gives birth. Either way, the two won't have Prince Harry around to help out over the next week since he is gearing up for a tour of the United States beginning tomorrow.
Kate Middleton was joined by Prince William and Prince Harry to attend the inauguration of the new Warner Bros. Studios in London today. She dressed up her baby bump in a polka-dot Topshop dress and a black Ralph Lauren jacket. The three young royals toured the studio, which had been decorated with pieces from famous films, including The Dark Knight Rises and the Harry Potter films. Kate, William, and Harry played with fake wizards' wands during a tour of the Harry Potter sets and William got in a bit of fun as he hopped on the Batpod while Kate giggled. Harry and Will also joked about the Batmobile while inspecting it during the tour. According to reporter Richard Palmer, Prince William asked, "You don't do baby seats for those cars, do you, by chance?" Will also joked that he hasn't yet told Harry that Harry Potter "isn't real."
The royal visit to the studios comes after a busy week of appearances for Kate and Harry. Kate made three visits over the week, including a stop by the National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday where she put her baby bump on display in a baby-blue dress. Prince Harry has been keeping busy as well, attending the London Marathon on Sunday and making a stop in Nottingham on Thursday. The week may also mark the end of one drama for pregnant Kate, as two indictments have been made in a French court over the publication of Kate's infamous topless photos. Both the photographer and the chief executive of the French magazine that first published the pictures are facing charges over the incident, and the court will reach a decision on June 5. In happier news, Will and Kate will celebrate their anniversary on Monday, April 29.
On April 29, expectant parents Prince William and Kate Middleton are celebrating their two-year wedding anniversary! In 2011, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tied the knot in a royal wedding seen 'round the world, breaking the record for the largest online live-streaming audience with a record 72 million live views from people across 188 countries. While many royal weddings don't garner the attention of Prince William and Kate Middleton's big day, they don't lack in lavishness.
Will and Kate's nuptials were part of a long tradition of elaborate royal weddings around the world. Last year, the tiny country of Luxembourg treated its Crown Prince Guillaume to an extravagant affair when he married Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy. The celebration, which reportedly cost around $650,000 and was funded by taxpayers, spanned multiple days and included a guest list packed with kings, queens, and other royals from around the world. In Brunei, Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah, the fifth daughter of Brunei's sultan, married Pengiran Haji Muhammad Ruzaini at her father's 1,700-room palace in front of 3,000 guests. A state dinner followed, and Queen Elizabeth II even sent her best wishes.
These royals make up some of the lesser-known but just as regal royals of the world. And just like the Brits, they know how to throw opulent weddings for members of their families. From the wedding for the future emperor of Japan in 1924 to Grace Kelly's Monaco spectacular in 1956 to Will and Kate's big day on April 29, 2011, here is a guide to the world's royal weddings over the years.