Prince Harry Going On the Road Again – to Europe & South America

Prince Harry Heading to Estonia, Italy, Brazil and Chile
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updated 04/04/2014 at 07:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/04/2014 07:40AM

As Prince William and Kate prepare for their historic three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia, they aren't the only royals hitting the road.

Prince Harry is, too, his office announced Friday.

In May, Harry, 29, will head to Estonia and Italy, with Brazil and Chile on his itinerary in June. Both visits are on behalf of the U.K. Government and being organized by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, says the Palace.

The reason behind the trip is two-fold: In Estonia, Harry, an Afghan war veteran, will thank the Estonian Defense Forces for their support of British troops in Afghanistan. (Estonia has had a company of soldiers in Afghanistan since 2006, and they have been directly under British command during their deployment.)



He is also expected to meet with wounded Estonian soldiers, including those treated alongside British servicemen and women at a rehabilitation center in the U.K.

In Italy, Prince Harry will attend commemorative events for the Italian campaign in WWII, focusing on 70th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as the Battle of Rome).

The four battles for Monte Cassino took place between January and May 1944 and saw the Allied Forces – from the U.K., the U.S., Poland, Canada, France, India and New Zealand – in some of the most hostile fighting of the Second World War.



It comes the same year Europe is marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day this June, when Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth is set to travel to northern France.

That is when Harry will be off to South America, where he will further enhance the "partnership between the United Kingdom and Brazil and Chile, and build on the links Prince Harry forged during his official visit to Brazil in March 2012," per the Palace.

He'll also be in Brazil just in time for the Soccer World Cup, too.

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