Well Done Team! Harry Greets Walking With The Wounded Trekkers
After presenting the Rugby World Cup trophy on Saturday night at Twickenham Stadium, it was then to Buckingham Palace on Sunday for Prince Harry, as he welcomed the six ex-servicemen and women who participated in the Walk of Britain.
Andrew Bement, Matt Fisher, Stewart Hill, Matt Fisher, Scott Ransley, Alec Robotham, Scott Ransley and Kirstie Ennis were greeted by the Prince in the forecourt of the Palace, marking the conclusion of their 1,000mile trek across Britain that began in Moray, Scotland on August 22 to raise money for Walking With The Wounded, a charity which provides support to veterans physically, mentally or socially impacted by their service to help them gain the skills required for a new career path.
Prince Harry praised and hugged the trekkers, before joking with them about being late for the rugby final and the potential smells coming from their hiking boots. But it was the American veteran, Kirstie Ennis, who caused the most emotional reaction from the 31-year-old Prince when she insisted on giving him the final of 24 dog tags she brought on the trek inscribed with the names of 24 members of her unit that were killed in action.
Harry was adamant at first that he could not accept the dog tag, but Ennis proved more persistent and with a warm hug, Harry said that it meant “so much” to him that the former Marine wanted him to have it.
The Prince has been involved with Walking With The Wounded since its inception in 2010, and has participated in some of their previous treks – earlier in the Walk of Britain, he joined the trekkers in Shropshire.Filed under British Royals
Tagged Patronage, Prince Harry of Wales, Veterans, Walking with the Wounded.