Lifelong sports and Rugby fan, Prince Harry, attended the Autumn International Rugby Match on Saturday at Twickenham where England beat South Africa 37 to 21.Accompanying the Prince in the Royal Box was Monaco’s Princess Charlene, who is originally from South Africa. The wife of Prince Albert II is a former Olympic swimmer.
Accompanying the Prince in the Royal Box was Monaco’s Princess Charlene, who is originally from South Africa and is a former Olympic swimmer.
Prior to the Rugby match, Prince Harry laid a wreath outside the stadium’s South London Rose & Poppy gates ahead of the events for Remembrance Sunday. Since Thursday, 10, October, members of the Royal Family have observed various military ceremonies and paid tribute to military veterans from the first and second World Wars. Royal Central has extensively covered these official engagements, which occur each year around this time and are staples in the royal calendar.
Prince Harry received a special gift from Harry Gray, the designer of the roses and poppies on the gates. The artist presented his royal name-sake with a once German artillery shell now a poppy with the Prince’s name and military number emblazed on its surface. The shell was fired into allied trenches during the first World War. The shell still retains the fire pin number and manufacturing information. The poppy design of the shell mirrors that of the poppies on the stadium gates.
The Prince was quite impressed with the poppy shell, saying to Mr. Gray: “That is amazing, thank you very, very much.”
And in response, Mr. Gray told The Telegraph: “He really liked it. He said he spent 10 years trying to forget his service number and I had just reminded him of it.”
Mr. Gray explained his reasoning behind the design: “My idea was to take the English rose and through a series of changes transform that into a poppy in the way the First World War team changed into soldiers.”