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British Royal Prince Harry is to visit the site of the World Trade Centre to pay his respects to those who died in the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks and meet wounded US war veterans.

The trip will mark the Prince’s first official visit to the US, and will also see him take part in a charity exhibition polo match at the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic on New York’s historic Governors Island on May 30, to raise funds for Sentebale, a charity he founded in 2006 with Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso to help the orphans of Lesotho. The match will be the first of a series of events on Governors Island that will celebrate the 400th anniversary of New York.

The Prince will meet a group of families who lost loved ones in the September 11 terrorist attacks, and formally name the British Garden at Hanover Square, which commemorates the 67 British people who died in the attacks.

He will also visit the Veterans Affairs Medical Centre in Manhattan, where he will tour the advanced prosthetics facilities and visit a post-traumatic stress disorder treatment clinic. He will be hosted there by a young British serviceman who was wounded in Afghanistan.

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