Prince Harry certainly scrubbed up well as he attended a Walking With The Wounded event in London
Prince Harry certainly scrubbed up well as he donned a tux for a charity evening out in London.
The royal joined songstress Ellie Goulding, who sparkled in a Marina Qureshi dress, and rockers Stereophonics to attend the Crystal Ball Gala at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in support of his favourite charity, Walking With the Wounded.
Although Prince Harry was spotted chatting and smiling with guests, there was a serious message behind the evening’s glamorous goings on.
In a moving pre-dinner speech, he said the country is ‘duty bound’ to help injured service men and women, and urged people not to forget the thousands who are injured fighting.
‘For every life taken, which is about 450 in Afghanistan, about 4,000 are injured and that’s what we don’t hear about,’ he told the evening’s 300 guests.
‘Arms, legs that will never grow back as well as mental injuries – the image of your best friend being blown up next to you, that’s something that will never leave you.’
As patron of Walking With The Wounded’s charity expedition to the North Pole later this year, Prince Harry has pledged to draw attention to the cause, and even join the UK’s team Glenfiddich for part of the trek.
The gruelling expedition will pit teams of injured servicemen and women against each other, as they battle -45°C temperatures and bitter winds to race over 335kms of the the Antarctic to the North Pole.
It’s thought teams from the Commonwealth, American and the UK will represent and raise money for different military charities.
Olympic rower Matthew Pinsent, who recently completed an arctic trek to raise money for injured soldiers, said: ‘We did something similar to what these guys have got coming up.
‘I told him (Harry), “Watch out for the food”.And he said, “I really like the food”, and he was obviously quite up for the boil in the bag rations.
‘He seems really excited. I don’t think he’s the kind of guy that’s going to say he’s going to do something and then drop out.It’s obviously something he really wants to do.’
In 2011, Prince Harry took part in a race to the Arctic, joining three injured service men for five days of a gruelling trek to the North Pole. It’s thought the group raised over £2million for Help For Heroes.
‘He is a soldiers’ soldier and will bring a spotlight on what’s being done to help these outstanding men and women,’ said Prince Harry’s private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton last month.
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