The British Gardens is quite frequented by myself. I would enjoy drinking cups of coffee while sitting on the bench. But hey, if this is what Great Britain wants to claim for themselves in lower Manhattan, whom am I to say otherwise? It's a lovely triangular piece of land that has recently been planted with trees and flowers.
During my lunch hour, I walked over to Hanover Square and accessed the best possible location for viewing the Prince. Metal railings surrounded the general vicinity for the public viewing but luckily I was able to get close enough to one side of the garden in hopes of Prince Harry walking in front of me. At approximately 1:30pm, several black SUVs were escorted by the NYPD. And in the first car, came out a man in a suit with red hair! It was him!
There was some pandemonium as the crowd shouted "Prince Harry! Look at me! Wave for the camera!" I should note that the press sure know how to take a good shot. I was able to take a few pictures as he stood in front of me. Sadly he was shaking someone else's hands. There were a few security people protecting him and they stood between me and Prince Harry. One of the men in sunglasses had his jacket open - I'm thinking, is that supposed to deflect any bullets that go towards the Prince?
The entire ceremony was brief. He walked around and shook hands with the dignitaries and representatives of the NYC Parks. After an introduction by a speaker, he gave a 30 second speech. THAT's IT!! He just said how much this meant to his family and country and blah blah blah. Lastly, he helped to plant a tree into the ground (more pictures of that to follow). He quickly left to the India House which is a restaurant across the street from the garden.
Can you spot him in this picture above? He's standing in front of the flag.