Thursday, 27 October 2016

No jacket required for Harry

Prince Harry during his visit to Nottingham on October 26th
(photo My Nottingham Twitter)

When you're fifth in line to the throne and an all round hero, jackets aren't necessarily required. As Prince Harry toured Nottingham on a day of engagements, the smart suit of the morning was quickly left in the car and the royal kept it casual as he visited social projects in the city that are already dear to his heart. From dancing on ice to speaking with music, Harry packed in plenty on a day in Nottingham.

The morning began fully suited and booted as the prince headed to the new Central Police Station in Nottingham which was all polished and ready for an official royal opening,

Before he got round to unveiling the plaque, alongside Nottingham's Chief Constable Sue Fish, Harry met many of the staff working for the local force including community protection officers. There was a chance to chat about partnership working between the police and other agencies and an opportunity to see some of the goods seized by local trading standards officers who gave Harry an overview of their work.

The royal car he was travelling in must have been pretty spacious because by the time Harry arrived at engagement number two, he had changed his outfit. The suit and tie had gone, as had the white shirt, to be replaced with the more casual Harry look we know only too well. And a good job, too, as stop two was the National Ice Centre.

Gone are the days of royals trying to do modern things while dressed for an event in 1934. Harry rolled up the shirt sleeves and got down to the chilly business of hearing about how the Coach Core scheme is going in Nottingham.

We know how much Harry loves Coach Core, the scheme which helps young people aged between 16 and 24 to train as sports coaches. It started in London in 2012, was trialled again in Glasow in 2014 and now there are 42 centres across the country. Prince Harry spoke to some of those learning from it in Nottingham but politely declined the chance to go really casual and don a pair of skates to take to the ice perhaps knowing that one photo of a prince slipping up could dominate coverage of a day that was about a lot more than Harry.

The final stage of his royal trip to Nottingham took Harry to a community recording studio set up as part of the work going on to reduce youth violence and increase the chances available to young people in the city.

This was a return visit for Harry who first saw this scheme's work in 2013 and then got the Royal Foundation involved to help train youth leaders. The project, Full Effect, also targets primary school children most at risk of becoming involved with violence.

The day ended with music as Harry heard rehearsals of Hip Hopera, a live performance which helps young people get into music.

It was a busy day for Harry who drew big crowds and stopped off for several walkabouts as he made his way through the city to see the different social initiatives being carried out. And by the time he climbed back into the car to head home, it was definitely no jacket required for Harry. His visit to the city of the prince of thieves only consolidated his reputation as a prince of hearts.

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