Belfast Telegraph

Harry and Philip pay tribute to war dead

By Jemma Crew

Prince Harry has comforted a young girl whose uncle died in his first deployment to Afghanistan when he was just 26.

Nine-year-old Rhiannon Lewis, from Rochford, Essex, was wearing three medals belonging to Lieutenant Aaron Lewis, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008.

She said Harry told her she looked very pretty and complimented the poppy she had placed in her hair.

Remembering her uncle, who served in the 29 Commando Regiment Royal Artillery, she said: "I keep him in my heart. I'm feeling a bit upset but very proud."

The Prince was paying tribute to Britain's fallen soldiers with his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, at the opening of Westminster Abbey's 87th Field of Remembrance.

Both Philip and Harry laid their crosses of remembrance in front of two wooden crosses from the graves of unknown British soldiers from the First and Second World Wars.

Crowds observed a two-minute silence before the prince and his grandfather walked around a sea of red poppies containing more than 100,000 crosses, and chatted to veterans and families who had lost loved ones.

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