Britain's Prince Harry bows his head in
silent prayer after dedicating a wreath of flowers at the site of the
September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attack, May 29, 2009 in New York
NEW YORK, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Britain's Prince
Harry on Friday attended the official naming ceremony of the British Memorial
Garden near the World Trade Center site in New York.
The 24-year-old prince joined New York Parks
commissioner Adrian Benepe and other officials for the dedication at Hanover
Square in Lower Manhattan.
The garden honors the 67 British nationals who died
in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"It is a great privilege for me to be here today in
this beautiful garden right in the heart of New York City," local TV channel NY1
quoted the prince as saying, "My family is so proud to be so closely associated
The prince also met with relatives of victims of the
September 11 terrorist attacks.
He laid a wreath containing a handwritten note that
read: "In respectful memory of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001,and
in admiration of the courage shown by the people of this great city on that
Prince Harry will conclude his two-day trip to New
York on Saturday with a visit to the Harlem Children's Zone, which offers
families social and educational services. He will also take part in a charity
polo match on Governors Island, a 172-acre island in Upper New York Bay.
Prince Harry was born on September 15, 1984 and is
the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the late Diana, Princess of
Wales, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II.
Britain's Prince Harry (C) greets New
York City's parks commissioner, Adrian Benepe, as he formally names The
British Garden at Hanover Square in New York May 29, 2009. Prince Harry
made his first official visit to New York on Friday to pay somber respects
to Sept. 11 victims and wounded veterans and was met by crowds who greeted
him as a fun-loving heartthrob more than as a royal diplomat.