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Thursday 18 December 2014

Harry honours America's war dead

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09:  (L-R) Dr. Jill Biden the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, HRH Prince Harry and first lady Michelle Obama prepare to attend an event to honor military families at the White House during the first day of his visit to the United States on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces.  (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: (L-R) Dr. Jill Biden the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, HRH Prince Harry and first lady Michelle Obama prepare to attend an event to honor military families at the White House during the first day of his visit to the United States on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: (L-R) Dr. Jill Biden the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, HRH Prince Harry and first lady Michelle Obama prepare to attend an event to honor military families at the White House during the first day of his visit to the United States on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry and first lady Michelle Obama prepare to attend an event to honor military families at the White House during the first day of his visit to the United States on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry and first lady Michelle Obama meet at the White House during the first day of his visit to the United States on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry attends a dinner at the British Ambassador's residence on May 9, 2013 in Washington,DC. (Photo by Alex Brandon - Pool/ Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: (L-R) Teresa Heinz, HRH Prince Harry and Lady Westmacott attend a dinner at the British Ambassador's residence on May 9, 2013 in Washington,DC. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo - Pool/ Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry (C) and Lady Westmacott (R) greet former Democratic Senator from Georgia Max Cleland (L) at a dinner at the British Ambassador's residence on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo - Pool/ Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry (R) and British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott (L) speak at a dinner at the British Ambassador's residence on May 9, 2013 in Washington,DC. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo - Pool/ Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Prince Harry (C), along with wife of the British Ambassador to the US Lady Westmacott (R), greet attendees before a reception in the Prince's honor at the Ambassador's residence on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Prince Harry (Center R), along with British Ambassador to the US Sir Peter Westmacott (Center L), and his wife Lady Westmacott (R) greet Democratic Senator from Vermont Patrick Leahy (L) before a reception in the Prince's honor at the Ambassador's residence on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Prince Harry (C), along with wife of the British Ambassador to the US Lady Westmacott (R) and Democratic Representative from Michigan John Dingell (L) greet attendees before a reception in the Prince's honor at the Ambassador's residenceon May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo -Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: U.S. Army Col. Gregory Gadson (L), speaks with England's Prince Harry, before a reception and dinner at the British Ambassador's residence on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich. (L), speaks with England's Prince Harry (C), and British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott, before a reception and dinner at the British Ambassador's residence on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. (L), listens as England's Prince Harry speaks during a reception at the British Ambassador's residence on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Sen. Roy Blunt, D-Mo., (2ndL), speaks with England's Prince Harry, before a reception and dinner at the British Ambassador's residence on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry listens to First Lady Michelle Obama welcome and introduce him at the White House during the first day of his visit to the United States on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry (R), stands with children and first lady Michelle Obama during an event to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Prince Harry talks to young children during an event hosted by first Lady Michelle Obama to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Prince Harry, attends an event hosted by first lady Michelle Obama to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry (L), stands with first lady Michelle Obama (R) during an event to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Prince Harry (L) tours a HALO Trust photo exhibit on landmines and unexploded ordinances, with Republican Senator from Arizona John McCain (R), on Capitol Hill on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry (L), greets a young boy during an event hosted by first lady Michelle Obama to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry (C), talks to young children during an event hosted by first lady Michelle Obama (L) to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry (R), talks to young children during an event hosted by first lady Michelle Obama (L) to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Prince Harry, attends an event hosted by first lady Michelle Obama to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry (L), stands with first lady Michelle Obama during an event to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Prince Harry (R) of Wales tours a HALO Trust photo exhibit on landmines and unexploded ordinances, with Republican Senator from Arizona John McCain (L), on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Women watch and take camera phone pictures as HRH Prince Harry tours an anti-landmine photography exhibition by The HALO Trust charity during the first day of his visit to the United States at the Russell Senate Office Building on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry speaks at a dinner at the British Ambassador's residence on May 9, 2013 in Washington,DC. (Photo by Alex Brandon - Pool/ Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: England's Prince Harry (R), speaks with British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott during a reception and dinner at the British Ambassador's residence on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry smiles while attending an event hosted by first lady Michelle Obama to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry tours an anti-landmine photography exhibition by The HALO Trust charity during the first day of his visit to the United States at the Russell Senate Office Building on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Women watch and take camera phone pictures as HRH Prince Harry tours an anti-landmine photography exhibition by The HALO Trust charity during the first day of his visit to the United States at the Russell Senate Office Building on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (L) and HRH Prince Harry (2nd-L) tours an anti-landmine photography exhibition by The HALO Trust charity during the first day of his visit to the United States at the Russell Senate Office Building on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (L) and HRH Prince Harry (2nd-L) tours an anti-landmine photography exhibition by The HALO Trust charity during the first day of his visit to the United States at the Russell Senate Office Building on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry (C) tours an anti-landmine photography exhibition by The HALO Trust charity during the first day of his visit to the United States at the Russell Senate Office Building on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Women await the arrival of HRH Prince Harry before he tours an anti-landmine photography exhibition by The HALO Trust charity during the first day of his visit to the United States at the Russell Senate Office Building on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (L) and HRH Prince Harry (2nd-L) tours an anti-landmine photography exhibition by The HALO Trust charity during the first day of his visit to the United States at the Russell Senate Office Building on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: (L-R) Teresa Heinz, HRH Prince Harry and Lady Westmacott attend a dinner at the British Ambassador's residence on May 9, 2013 in Washington,DC. (Photo by Alex Brandon - Pool/ Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry speaks at a dinner at the British Ambassador's residence on May 9, 2013 in Washington,DC. (Photo by Alex Brandon - Pool/ Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Prince Harry (C), along with wife of the British Ambassador to the US Lady Westmacott (R) and Democratic Representative from Michigan John Dingell (L) greet attendees before a reception in the Prince's honor at the Ambassador's residenceon May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo -Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry laughs with children who are making presents for their mothers during the first day of his visit to the United States on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry (R), stands with children and first lady Michelle Obama during an event to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: Prince Harry, attends an event hosted by first lady Michelle Obama to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry (L), greets a young boy during an event hosted by first lady Michelle Obama to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 09: HRH Prince Harry (R), talks to young children during an event hosted by first lady Michelle Obama (L) to honor military families at the White House on May 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. HRH Prince Harry will be undertaking engagements on behalf of charities with which the Prince is closely associated on behalf also of HM Government, with a central theme of supporting injured service personnel from the UK and US forces. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry with the First Lady Michelle Obama during a visit to the White House
Prince Harry tours an anti-landmine photography exhibition by The Halo Trust charity in Washington, DC
Prince Harry with children who are making presents for their mothers, during a visit to the White House

Prince Harry has honoured America's war dead and its greatest post-war president, John F Kennedy, by laying floral tributes at a national cemetery commemorating the country's fallen heroes.

Harry visited Arlington National Cemetery in Washington to pay his respects to servicemen and women who fought and died for the US.

In contrast to the screaming young women who greeted the Prince when he arrived in Washington on Thursday for the start of his seven-day tour, there was a dignified silence throughout the cemetery.

Arlington plays an important role in the life of America as it holds the remains of soldiers involved in every conflict the US has fought in along with leading military figures.

Harry, a Captain in the British Army, wore his Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals No 1 dress uniform and the light blue beret of the Army Air Corps. He paid his respects at the grave of former President Kennedy, who was assassinated almost 50 years ago in November 1963, leaving a bouquet of flowers.

The Prince, who is 28, knelt on one knee and placed the blooms on the tombstone, which lies next to an eternal flame, then stood to attention, bowed his head and paused for a moment in quiet reflection. A St James's Palace spokesman said: "It was an appropriate gesture to recognise the passing of President Kennedy 50 years after his death."

At the cemetery's Section 60 - where US troops who have been killed in recent conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan are buried - Harry laid a wreath.

The floral tribute was placed closed to a grave chosen at random from thousands - that of Army Specialist Michael Stansbery Jnr, an artilleryman who was killed, aged 21, in Afghanistan in 2010 by an improvised explosive device while on a foot patrol.

A hand-written card on the wreath read: "To my comrades in arms of the United States of America, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom, Captain Harry Wales."

After placing the wreath, the Prince stood to attention and saluted the grave, before walking alone through the rows of headstones surrounding it, pausing several times to read individual inscriptions.

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