Prince Harry will carry out two official overseas visits in May and June 2014. He will visit Estonia and Italy in May. A visit to Brazil and Chile in June will follow. Both trips are in support of the UK Government and are being organised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
During his trip to Estonia, Harry will recognise the Estonian Defence Forces for their cooperation with British troops in Afghanistan. Since 2006, Estonia has had a company of soldiers in Afghanistan who were directly under British command throughout their deployment. He will also meet some of the wounded Estonian soldiers that were cared for at Headley Court in the UK.
The second stop on the trip will see the Prince in attendance for events honouring the Italian campaign during World War II, particularly the Battle of Monte Cassino.
This is the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino. Monte Cassino consisted of four battles that occurred during January and May 1944 involving allied troops from the UK, Canada, The United States, Poland, India, France and New Zealand. The attack on Monte Cassino was a bloody and brutal affair and one that was labelled the Stalingrad of the Italian front.
In June, Harry will visit Brazil and Chile. The trip is aimed at enriching the partnerships between the three countries and to “build on the links Prince Harry forged during his official visit to Brazil in March 2012,” according to Clarence House.
Harry has visited Brazil once, during an official visit in March 2012. He was there to increase the bond between London and Rio de Janeiro as the next Olympic city host.
As a child he visited Italy. This will be his first visit to Chile and Estonia.
Details of his trip are forthcoming according to Clarence House. It is though assumed that the keen lover of sport will take in a World Cup match whilst in the host country of Brazil.
England will be on the pitch against Italy on 14 June.