Clarence House has released further details in regards to Prince Harry’s visit to Italy and Estonia on Wednesday. Harry will visit the two countries from 16th till 19th May 2014. No further details published at this time regarding the second leg of the trip which will see Harry visit Chile and Brazil.
As reported by Royal Central last month, Prince Harry will carry out two official overseas visits in May and June 2014. He will visit Estonia and Italy in May. A visit to Brazil and Chile in June will follow. Both trips are in support of the UK Government and organised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
During his three-day official visit to Estonia and Italy the Prince will meet veterans ranging from World War II to those from recent conflicts such Afghanistan and Iraq.
On his first day in Estonia, Harry will lay a wreath at the monument to the War of Independence in Freedom Square in Tallinn. The monument was first unveiled Victory Day 23 June 2009.
Following the ceremony, he will attend a reception at the Estonian Parliament. Harry will meet Estonian MPs, Ministers as well as wounded service personnel who will participate in the Invictus Games later in the year.
The Royal will meet the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves on 17th May when he attends the Estonian Defence Forces annual military exercise Kevadtorm. He will relay his thanks for their work with British troops in Afghanistan.
Since 2006, Estonia has had a company of soldiers in Afghanistan under British command.
During the Italian leg of the visit, Harry will take part in numerous events honouring the Allied Campaign in Italy during World War II. This year is the 70th anniversary of the Battles of Monte Cassino.
The four battles that transpired between January and May 1944 were some of the most fierce battles between the Allied and Axis powers during the war.
On 18th May the Prince will begin his day at the Polish commemoration service ceremony where he will lay a wreath on behalf of Her Majesty. Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk invited Harry to join the Polish ceremony.
From there he will visit the Abbey of Monte Cassino, the original sixth-century Benedictine Monastery had been demolished during the battles in 1944 but was rebuilt a decade later. During the visit to the Abbey, Harry will meet with wounded Italian veterans some of whom will be competing in the Invictus Games.
Next on the Royal agenda, Harry be present at the New Zealand memorial service at the Cassino Commonwealth War Cemetery where he will lay wreath and meet New Zealand veterans.
The Prince will then return to Rome to attend an event at the MAXXI National Museum of Contemporary Arts where he will unveil the winning design for the UK pavilion at Milan EXPO 2015.
On the 19th May, Prince Harry will revisit the Cassino Commonwealth War Cemetery to join the British Service of Remembrance. He will meet with veterans who fought at Cassino and elsewhere during the Italian Campaign. Lord Astor, Under Secretary of State and the Lords Spokesman on Defence, will join Harry at the service.
Details will be forthcoming from Clarence House regarding the second half of the tour in Chile and Brazil.
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