WASHINGTON -- Prince Harry wrapped up a two-day trip to Washington, D.C., Friday with a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where he spent time with injured soldiers.
Dressed in his Army Air Corps fatigues and desert boots, the 28-year-old Prince, known as Captain Wales in the military, listened intently as he was given a briefing on advances in prosthetics after meeting the center's commander, Rear Admiral Alton Stocks.
He was then shown around the huge complex by Dr Chuck Scoville, chief of rehabilitation, including a demonstration in a revolutionary Computer Assisted Rehab simulator.
He watched as an double amputee army specialist injured on in Afghanistan -- who could not be identified for security reasons -- demonstrated what he had been learning on the machine which is used to help wounded soldiers normalise their balance.
One of the soldiers he spent time with was Corey Garmon, an Army specialist who lost both legs in Afghanistan. The 24-year-old told People magazine, "Harry was really cool and showed a lot of interest in what I was doing, and he really understood the process. I appreciated his words of encouragement."
The Walter Reed event follows a morning wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, where Prince Harry left a touching note for fallen American soldiers.
Next, the British royal heads to Colorado for the 2013 Warrior Games, an athletic competition among 200 injured and ill service members and veterans. He'll wrap up his two-week U.S. tour May 15 after visiting New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.