Monday, 16 May 2016

Twenty four hours with Harry

Prince Harry began his busy 24 hours with an appearance in an Invictus highlights video

One prince, twenty four hours.  And Harry packed plenty in to them. From attending a ceremonial pageant in the Windsor uniform to boxing his way to showcasing mental health issues and taking in a bit of presenting in between, this was one busy prince. This is twenty four hours in the life of Harry.

It began with a special tweet all about Invictus - what else, it's been Harry's focus for the past few weeks. As the dust settled on a spectacularly successful games and the prince received plaudits from around the world for his work, he took to Twitter to share a special video of his highlights.  From medals to music, this was the tale of his Games.

Prince Harry in one of the moments he picked as a highlight of the Invictus Games

Just hours after posting that on Twitter, Harry came over all traditional as he accompanied his family to the Queen's 90th birthday pageant at Windsor.

Harry sat in the front row of the royal box where he watched the life and reign of his grandmother, the Queen, being brought to life and told in old images. 

Then it was time for the knockout blow. Harry spent the morning of May 16th at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford where he launched the mental health campaign, Heads Together, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. There were speeches, there were smiles and there was boxing. 

Yes, boxing. The royals were hearing about different ways of dealing with mental health problems and sport is right up there with the best of them. Offered the chance to don boxing gloves and try and bit of sporty stress management, they all said yes. Especially Harry.

Heads Together was announced last month and it will see the royals working with a range of mental health charities to raise awareness of issues and change attitudes towards those coping with mental health problems.

William, Kate and Harry all spoke at the event with the Duke of Cambridge laying the motivations for the campaign out as he said that 'we've seen time and again that unresolved mental health problems lie at the heart of some of our greatest social challenges'.

Harry also had a chance to talk about the mental health problems faced by military veterans, something he spoke about a lot during the Invictus Games.

He ended by trying a bit of DJ-ing and choosing a song for the HeadMix playlist being put together by the royals.

His pick was the Naughty Boys' Runnin'. Just about sums up 24 hours with Harry.

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