Having served with the troops over in Afghanistan, it was entirely fitting that Prince Harry should make his debut laying a wreath at the Cenotaph to mark Remembrance Day on Sunday.
The sombre 25-year-old was representing his father, Prince Charles – currently in Canada.
That meant he took precedence over his brother Prince William, and laid his tribute down immediately following the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
It was an incredibly poignant occasion for both brothers, who have lost comrades and friends in the conflict.
This was reflected in the personal message written by William to accompany his wreath, which read: "For Jo, Lex and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country."
It recalled the deaths of Jo Dyer, whom William trained with at Sandhurst, and Major Alexis Roberts, his platoon commander during training.
Baroness Thatcher, Tony and Cherie Blair and Britain's Prime Minster Gordon Brown, accompanied by his wife Sarah, were among those gathered to remember the fallen.
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