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Prince Harry looks to the past and the future on #RoyalVisitZambia

The Duke of Sussex commemorated the past and looked to the future as he continued his visit to Zambia. On the second day of his trip, Prince Harry paid tribute to war veterans from the country and also celebrated organisations supporting young people before bringing his stay in Zambia to an end.

Harry began the second part of #RoyalVisitZambia at Burma Barracks for an event commemorating the country’s contribution to World War One and World War Two. The Duke met veterans who told him about their own experiences in the Zambian military, and he also got the chance to read the service record book of Thom Butts who served during the Second World War, between 1941 and 1945.

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After remembering the past, Harry looked to the future starting with a visit to Circus Zambia, an organisation set up to offer support and opportunities to vulnerable young people. Based in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, it is a partner of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust which champions young leaders aiming to make a real difference across society. Harry became the Trust’s President earlier this year.

The Duke of Sussex met those working with the organisations and some of those it supports before giving a speech. Harry told his audience that ”we established The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust to be your platform. The place where your voices can be heard, where your work is seen and taken seriously, and your experiences and insight are shared with others to create the maximum impact  – for what the world really needs right now”.

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Harry ended his two day stay in Zambia with a visit to the country’s first technology and innovation hub, BongoHive. It offers workshops, startup programmes and events to encourage people into tech business. The Prince met many of those who have been helped by the hub as well as the teams that helped set it up and now keep it running.

The Duke of Sussex, who earlier in his visit had met the President of Zambia and had attended a reception hosted by the UK’s ambassador, then made his farewells to the country to head back to London. His two-day visit was made at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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