by Rebecca Macatee | Mon., Mar. 25, 2013 7:30 AM
Get ready, America!
Prince Harry's coming back to the United States on May 9. This will be the redheaded royal's first trip to the States since his infamous Las Vegas trip, and he'll be visiting Colorado, Washington, D.C., New York and an area of New Jersey still recovering from Hurricane Sandy's destruction.
On May 9, the 28-year-old British hunk will arrive in Washington on a commercial flight and head straight to Capitol Hill. There, he'll tour an exhibition staged by the HALO Trust, a charity committed to mine clearance worldwide. According to a press release from St. James's Palace, Harry will be escorted around by Guy Willoughby (from the HALO Trust) and Senator John McCain's wife, Cindy, who serves on the U.S. board of the organization.
From there, he'll head to the home of the British Ambassador, Sir Peter Westmacott. Harry will be the guest of honor at a reception and dinner that night with more than 170 guests. Following the dinner, Harry will make a short speech on the subject of HALO and its work around the world.
On May 10, he'll begin the day at Arlington National Cemetery, where he'll pay his respects at the graves of those lost in recent conflicts, predominantly in Iraq and Afghanistan. From there, he'll travel to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which is world renowned for its work in prosthetics and the rehabilitation of military service personnel.
That afternoon, he'll hop aboard a flight to Colorado. In Colorado Springs, he'll attend the Warrior Games between wounded servicemen and women. He'll have an informal meeting with members of the British team, then attend a reception and brunch where he can meet participants from the United States.
After that, the prince will visit the U.S. Air Force Academy outside Colorado Springs, where he'll watch the cycling. The following day is a travel day, and Harry heads back to the East Coast!
On the morning of May 14, Harry will visit a New Jersey community hard hit by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He'll get a chance to see for himself some of the extraordinary work that has gone on since October 2012 to rebuild communities affected. He will also meet members of the emergency services who reacted so heroically on the night the storm struck.
Next up, Manhattan! Harry will represent the U.K. at a cultural and business event before being the guest of honor at a benefit for the Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
On his final day, May 15, Harry will head to Greenwich, Conn., for the fourth Sentebale Polo Cup, which raises awareness and funds for the charity he cofounded that helps kids infected with HIV/AIDS.
After that, Harry will hop aboard a plane again and make his way back across the pond.
—Reporting by Melanie Bromley
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