Prince Harry and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House on Thursday. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
Britain’s Prince Harry drew cheers and shrieks of delight Thursday as he made a surprise appearance at a Mother's Day Tea hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's wife.
Obama did all the talking as the guests in the State Dining Room of the White House, chiefly women in the military, their children, their mothers and some military spouses, snapped phone-camera pictures and chattered excitedly.
The first lady—President Barack Obama was out of town—emphasized Harry's service in Britain's military and noted he had returned in January from his second tour in Afghanistan.
"For the past few years, he has focused on honoring the sacrifice and service of our veterans and military families, especially now that the war in Afghanistan is drawing to a close," she said.
"We are absolutely thrilled that he could be with us today," the first lady said, adding that her husband "wanted to be here to personally thank you for your service."
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