Prince Harry delighted a group of local schoolchildren at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Friday.
Joined by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, Harry, 29, wasted no time testing out the new adventure playground, joining youngsters on the climbing frames and playing in the park.
Prince Harry and Boris Johnson pictured at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Harry’s visit comes a day before 560 acre park is set to open to the public for the first time since the end of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.
In the months following the sporting extravaganza, the park has been converted for visitors to use, explore and enjoy.
The northern half of the park will be re-opened, including the Lee Valley VeloPark, the Aquatics Centre and Cooper Box Arena, while the south section of the park will features a picturesque new tree-lined walkway, interactive water fountains, children’s playground and four themed walking trails.
Prince Harry’s visit is significant given that he was a strong presence at many Olympic events in the summer of 2012.
A keen sportsman himself, Harry attended the athletics, Paralympic swimming, races in the velodrome, beach volleyball and also supported his cousin Zara Tindall as she rode to silver medal success as part of the British Equestrian team.
The royal also accompanied the Duchess of Cambridge at the games’ closing ceremony as Prince William carried out his RAF Search and Rescue duties in Anglesey.
Harry’s London engagement is his first since he jetted off for a romantic skiing break with his girlfriend Cressida Bonas.
The couple flew by helicopter to the exclusive resort of Shymbulak, a luxury chalet located in the mountains above the city of Almaty.