Michelle Obama had a surprise visit from a British royal on Thursday as Prince Harry made an appearance at the first lady’s Mother’s Day Tea event. Michelle Obama hosted the event with Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden.
The event was held in the State Dining Room in the White House as Michelle greeted guests and took photos with military women and their children. Prince Harry arrived to the surprise of guests and the first lady praised the young man for his service in the British military.
“For the past few years, he has focused on honoring the sacrifice and service of our veterans and military families, especially now that the war in Afghanistan is drawing to a close,” Michelle Obama said during Mother’s Day Tea.
President Barack Obama was out of town during the event, but it didn’t stop Prince Harry from taking the time out of his busy schedule to make an appearance. His next stop is this weekend at the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs that honors soldiers who were wounded, ill, or injured while serving in the military.
The 28-year-old prince greeted as many guests as he could during his visit while sharing smiles and laughs with Michelle Obama. The first lady was very excited to have him at the White House for Mother’s Day Tea, and she also went on to tell the young man that her husband “wanted to be here to personally thank you for your service.”
Prince Harry finished his second tour of service with Britain’s military based in Afghanistan in January. He is now state-side for a US tour where he will focus on charitable causes that are held dear to the Royal Family, according to Time Magazine.
After he visits the Warrior Games this weekend, Prince Harry will take to the Jersey Shore to see the areas that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. His trip will end after a stop in Connecticut to captain a polo team in an upcoming match.
Do you believe Prince Harry’s appearance at Mother’s Day Tea with Michelle Obama was the start of a successful trip to the United States, or will the young prince run into trouble as he crosses the nation to represent his country?
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