Prince Harry to visit Washington DC in October

/ Source: TODAY

Prince Harry is preparing to take a series of trips abroad for official business, including one across the pond to the United States, Kensington Palace announced Tuesday.

Prince Harry attends the launch of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour, 100 days before the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham Stadium on June 10, 2015 in London, England.Getty Images

Harry will visit Washington, D.C. at the end of October, his first trip back to the nation’s capital in two years. During his May 2013 visit, the prince laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, visited with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and met with wounded veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He also surprised guests at a Mother’s Day tea hosted at the White House by first lady Michelle Obama.

This time around, he will be in Washington to attend events connected with the 2016 Invictus Games for wounded warriors, the palace said in a statement. Orlando will host the event next May, welcoming hundreds of visitors from more than a dozen nations in nine sports.

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Prince Harry also plans to head to South Africa and Lesotho from Nov. 26 to Dec. 4 to conduct work for various charities, including the organization he helped found, Sentebale. The Lesotho-based charity will be opening a new children’s center to help youth with AIDS and HIV.

The prince is currently in Africa working on wildlife conservation efforts. He is scheduled to remain there until the middle of September. He will then return home and resume his volunteer work with the British defense ministry's personal recovery unit, where he has been helping wounded soldiers with their rehabilitation.