Prince Harry's approach to casual spring wear didn't go unnoticed by some sharply dressed Normandy veterans in England. The prince received a lesson in fashion when he stopped by Southwick House on Thursday (Jun. 2) to meet with soldiers ahead of the anniversary of D-Day on Jun. 6. “Where’s your bloody tie?” asked Ivor Anderson, a 91-year-old sapper who served in the 591 Para Squadron Royal Engineers. An embarrassed Harry noticed he was under-dressed before he went in to greet the heroes, but told his aides, "It's too late now."
Mr. Anderson later told reporters that he offered to lend Harry one of his own ties to wear, but the respectful prince declined. "He said he couldn't wear mine because he didn't have his wings," - referring to the badge Mr. Anderson received upon qualifying to be a military parachutist.
Of course all the teasing was in good fun, with Harry spending much of his visit joking around and posing for pictures with the veterans. The conversation also turned serious, with Harry applauding his new friends' courage and dedication to service so many years ago. "I have so much respect for you guys - running off a boat on to those beaches," he told the group.
Even though the 31-year-old retired from the military last June, he is still very involved in veteran affairs, in particular the care of wounded soldiers. One of the ways in which he is helping to ensure they live full and happy lives is through his Invictus Games. He hosted the second instalment of the Paralympic-style event last month in Orlando and come Sept. 2017, Toronto will be home to the games, which celebrate the strength and willpower of soldiers who were injured, both mentally and physically, in battle.