This evening, Prince Harry viewed a photography exhibition dedicated to soldiers of recent wars at London’s Somerset House.
‘Wounded: The Legacy of War’ is a collection of photographs of young servicemen and women who have suffered from life-changing injuries whilst on military duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. The images were taken by by singer-songwriter Bryan Adams.
The exhibition contains over 30 portraits on public display for the first time in the UK; it highlights the plight of today’s war heroes, and acts as a thought-provoking tribute to the men and women who continue to put their lives in danger while working in the line of duty.
Harry met some of the wounded personnel who were a part of the project, including Private Jaco van Gass and Captain Tony Harris, who were both members of the British Armed Forces team in September’s Invictus Games. The Prince also spent time with van Gass on the Walking with the Wounded expedition in 2012.
The Invictus Games were spearheaded by Harry, and were a result of his determination to make an Olympics-style event for servicemen and women after seeing the Warrior Games in the USA.
Sergeant Rik Clement was one of the soldiers who showed his portrait to Prince Harry, to which The Prince joked: “Your hair’s grown back!”
The exhibition also shows how the service personnel have the same spirit of resolve and courageousness in their everyday civilian life, as well as in their life at war. Their personal and honest stories accompany the photographs on the walls, and allow the public a chance to get a full insight into the reality of war, and these servicemen and women’s paths to recovery.
Prince Harry also laughed as it was revealed at the event that Bryan Adams ‘hums’ as he takes photographs.
After viewing the exhibition and meeting the soldiers, Harry joined a reception where Bryan Adams gave a short speech.
‘Wounded: The Legacy of War’ opens to the public tomorrow, 12th November. Proceeds from an accompaning book will go to veteran support charities BLESMA, Blind Veterans UK, Combat Stress and SSAFA and War Child. For more information, visit their website.