Prince Harry Receives a Special Rock for Baby Archie during His Oxford Visit
A unique gift was given to Prince Harry, 34, for his newborn baby during his visit to Oxford on Tuesday; The Duke of Sussex is so excited about it!
The royal dad cannot wait till Baby Archie can run around as the gift, an egg-shaped golden stone with his name engraved on it will be hidden away in his Windsor garden till the little royal can hunt for it himself.
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Today, The Duke of Sussex attends the #ANZACday service at Westminster Abbey with The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke of Gloucester. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended this service last year in addition to the dawn service. They also paid their respects at the #ANZAC memorial in Sydney during their official tour last fall. Having devoted ten years of service to military duty, including two tours in Afghanistan, The Duke completed his time of service with four weeks with the Australian Defence Force. Their Royal Highnesses remain committed to supporting serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans and the families that support them. #ANZACDay commemorates the anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli in 1915. ANZAC Day is a moment to recognise the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who lost their lives during the landings, and to honour the sacrifices of men and women in all wars. ANZAC Day has been observed annually in London since King George V attended a service at Westminster Abbey, and more than 2,000 Australian and New Zealand troops marched through the streets. Members of The Royal Family have continued to honour the servicemen and women globally, and today HRH The Duke of Cambridge also paid his respects at @AucklandMuseum. The Duke of Cambridge is visiting The Commonwealth country on behalf of The Queen to pay tribute to those killed in the Christchurch attacks earlier this year.
The gift crafted by Claire Waldron, a caretaker at the Barton Neighborhood center, was made using a varnished piece of rock which she painted gold and designed the baby's full name, Archie Harrison Mountbatten body on it.
Claire Waldron is a creative who is known to design beautiful rock pieces which she calls "Kindness stones" and keeps them hidden for children to search for them as a form of a treasure hunt!
Claire, who presented the gift to the prince, suggested that it would be a great idea to hide it away and leave baby Archie to find it himself when he is older.
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Today The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share their first public moment as a family. They are so incredibly grateful for the warm wishes and support they’ve received from everyone around the world, since welcoming their son two days ago. Photo cred: Chris Allerton ©️SussexRoyal
The Duke of Sussex was totally in support of the suggestion. He then departed after appreciating the caretaker with a warm hug and a gentle pat in the back for a job well done. A noble gesture!
Tuesday was such a joy-filled day for the royal dad as school kids presented him with cards and posters on his way into the center.He remarked,
"You guys have been busy."
"When I'm awake at 4 o'clock in the morning, I'll read all these."
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Today, The Duke of Sussex visited Oxford to highlight the positive work being done in the city for young children, disabled people and the community at large. The Duke started his day meeting young patients at the Oxford Children’s Hospital. In 2016 at the @WellChild Awards, The Duke promised awardee Mikayla Beames he would visit her at hospital. Today, HRH was able to fulfill that promise and spend time with Mikayla and other patients and their families, along with the some of the extraordinary staff and teachers in the Hospital School who are on hand to support the young patients as they continue their studies whilst in hospital. Afterwards, The Duke of Sussex, in celebration of its 30th year, re-opened the OXSRAD Disability Sports and Leisure Centre, a facility first opened by his mother, Diana Princess of Wales in 1989. His Royal Highness felt honoured to pay tribute to her work and meet some of the people his mother met 30 years ago. This centre supports people with disabilities through sport and physical exercise – an area The Duke is particularly passionate about. HRH has seen the transformative effect sports, teamwork and exercise can have on people, not just physically but also for their mental fitness. The Duke’s final stop was at Barton Neighbourhood Centre to see the work of Thrive Teams, an initiative that supports at risk youth with access to education and employment. The Barton Centre includes a cafe, doctor’s office, sports hall, local police centre and food bank. The team there save nearly one tonne of food per day from being wasted and whip up some incredible meals for those that can’t afford to sustain themselves. Serving as a hub for this close-knit community, where 1 in 4 grow up in child poverty, this centre truly is a lifeline for its roughly 5,000 residents, but also an example of what can be achieved when we all come together.
In another visit to Oxford Children's Hospital, Prince Harry was given yet another gift for Baby Archie by Jay, a patient in the hospital. The thoughtful gift, which was a blue balloon animal, was received by the prince in a heartfelt video, and he promised the sweet little boy he was sure going to give it to his newborn.
The Duke said, with a smile on his face:
"That's very sweet. Thank you very much. I'll make sure to give this to my little boy. He's called Archie, and he'll probably pop it because that's what kids do."
The latest royal father has sure been receiving gifts for his newborn as an ex-patient in the hospital; Daisy Wingrove gave him a cute little bear.
Harry loves his newly found parenthood, and he says he can't imagine a life without his baby, as he feels so much a part of the family already! He also revealed he had sleepless nights tending to the baby. Royal daddy duties!.