Prince Harry Marks 75th anniversary of Bomb Disposal

Prince Harry has met families of bomb disposal experts killed in action at a special service to mark the 75th anniversary of armed forces’ explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) units.

Prince Harry arrives for a service marking the 75th anniversary of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) across the British Armed Forces at St Paul’s Cathedral on October 22, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.

Harry dressed smartly for the occasion in a pin-stripe navy suit, navy and claret striped tie and  a white shirt

During the service, which was held at St Paul’s Cathedral, the prince, who served in the British Army in Afghanistan, crouched down to chat and joke with two engineers who lost their legs in the conflict.

The moving ceremony paid tribute to those who served as bomb disposal experts over the decades, both in the UK and abroad, from those who worked on Luftwaffe bombs in the Blitz to those who served in Northern Ireland and more recent conflicts.

The congregation of 1,500 service personnel and families heard a number of BBC news headlines about bombings broadcast through a speaker, including that of Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle, who was killed by the IRA in 1979.

Prince Harry will join U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden in Virginia next week to promote next year’s Invictus Games.

Harry spearheaded the Invictus Games, an international sporting competition for injured armed service personnel. The first games were held in London last September, and the event in Orlando, Florida, is planned for May 2016.

The prince’s visit on Oct. 28 aims to highlight the mental health and wellbeing of service personnel. Officials say he plans to visit Fort Belvoir military base with Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, who is U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, to meet wounded servicemen and women. Harry will also attend a reception at the British ambassador’s house in Washington.

Harry’s outing comes just one day after his brother, Prince William, and sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, stepped out with Chinese President Xi Jinping in London and two days afterthey attended a lavish state dinner in Xi’s honour. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Dundee on October 23, 2015.