Prince Harry Reads ‘The Soldier’ On Armistice Day

by : Francesca Donovan on : 11 Nov 2016 12:51

Prince Harry led the nation in remembrance on Armistice day, making a poetic tribute to the 98th anniversary of the end of WW1.

The young Prince read The Soldier at a Service of Remembrance at the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.


It was a poignant tribute from Harry, who served his country in Afghanistan. The 32-year-old Royal also laid a wreath to honour the brave men who fought.

The poem, which speaks euphemistically of a blissful afterlife faced by many soldiers going into battle was written by Rupert Brook upon the outbreak of WW1. Brooke was commissioned into the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a temporary Sub-LieutenantHe died on 23 April 1915, a year after he wrote The Soldier.

After the nation observed the two minute silence on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, marking the 98th anniversary of the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of the First World War, Harry read Brooke’s words aloud to the solemn crowds gathered.

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Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

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    Prince Harry reads The Soldier on Armistice Day