Choked-up Harry’s tribute to Queen who’d ‘be looking down happy we’re together’

Prince Harry looked slightly choked up as he paid tribute to his late grandmother Queen Elizabeth II at an awards ceremony, saying she would be "looking down".

The King's second son has returned to his homeland for only the third time this year to attend the WellChild Awards in London.

And despite the fact that he's not expected to see the Royal Family during the visit, even though the event falls on the eve of the Queen's death, he did mention her in his speech.

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Speaking to a packed room, he said: "I'll try not to get choked up this evening." He continued: "As you know, I was unable to attend the awards last as my grandmother passed away.

"As you also know, she would have been the first person to insist that I still come to be with you all instead of going to her.

"And that's why I know that exactly one year on she's looking down on us on all of us tonight, happy we're together and continuing to spotlight such an incredible community."

Prince Harry presented the Inspirational Child award to six-year-old Violet. She was born with a brain condition and has spent much of the past five years in hospital, where she has undergone multiple operations and procedures.

The Duke of Sussex was seen smiling as he shook hands with award winners and ceremony attendees during his arrival at this year's WellChild Awards.

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Harry, wearing a navy suit and pale blue tie, arrived alone at The Hurlingham Club in south-west London for the event.

The WellChild Awards celebrate seriously ill children and their families.

Ahead of the ceremony, Harry greeted youngsters and their families at a pre-ceremony reception. He was delighted to be presented with a personalised Belfast Giants ice hockey shirt and spent around an hour meeting children and their families.

Harry was given a lot of hand-shakes and high-fives from the children.

He's been patron of WellChild since 2007 and has nearly always attended the annual event, bringing wife Meghan Markle along in recent years.

He was due to speak at the ceremony last year but was forced to cancel following the Queen's death.

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