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Prince Harry will today be celebrating his 34th birthday – his first birthday as a married man.

Thirty-four years ago on 15 September 1984, a young prince was born.

The younger brother of Prince William, the future King of England, and the second and youngest son of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess Of Wales, Harry has grown up in the public eye.

Born Henry Charles Albert David, he became known as Harry to family and friends and the moniker soon stuck.

While it’s likely you’ve not been invited to Harry’s birthday party today, don’t fret: celebrate the red-headed royal’s birthday by taking a trip down memory lane with our vast collection of images documenting Harry’s life from birth to marriage.

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Here, we give you, Prince Harry through the years…

A Prince is born

The Prince and Princess of Wales following the birth of their second son, Prince Harry.
The Prince and Princess of Wales following the birth of their second son, Prince Harry (Picture: PA Archive/PA Images)

Harry was born in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, on 15 September 1984 at 4.20pm. He weighed 6lb 14oz.

It’s long been a royal family tradition for royal babies to be photographed for the first time in their mother’s arms on the steps of the Lindo Wing and Prince Charles and Diana, Princess Of Wales followed suit. They had stayed in hospital overnight, taking Harry – who was third in line to the throne at the time – home to Kensington Palace on Sunday 16 September.

Harry was baptised on Friday 21 December at St George’s Chapel, where, thirty-three years later, he went on to marry Meghan Markle.

 

Age 1 – Learning to crawl

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 04: Prince Harry Learning To Crawl At Home In Kensington Palace. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Prince Harry learns to crawl (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

By the age of one, Prince Harry had mastered the art of crawling.

Here, he is pictured in action at home in Kensington Palace on 4 October 1985, wearing a cute sailor-inspired outfit.

 

Age 2 – The cheekiness start to show

UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 01: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales at home in Kensington Palace with their sons Prince William and Prince Harry (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales at home in Kensington Palace with their sons and pet dog (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

At two, it was clear from family photos that Harry was growing into the cheeky younger brother he is still seen as today.

Here, Harry is pictured at the start of the festive season on 1 December 1986 along with Prince William, Charles, Diana and their pet Jack Russell terrier Tigga, who was born the same year as Harry.

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Age 3 – Off to nursery

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 16: Prince Harry waving to photographers as he arrived for his first day at Mrs. Mynor's nursery school on September 16, 1987 in Notting Hill, London. (Photo by David Levenson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry waves as he arrives for his first day at nursery (Picture: David Levenson/Getty Images)

Just one day after his third birthday in 1987, Prince Harry was heading to nursery.

On 16 September, Harry had his first day at Mrs Jane Mynors nursery school in London’s Notting Hill and was pictured confidently waving to paparazzi as he arrived in his cute matching blue uniform and Thomas The Tank Engine school bag.

What was that about him being cheeky?

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 11: Prince Harry Sticking His Tongue Out Much To The Suprise Of His Mother, Princess Diana At Trooping The Colour With Prince William, Lady Gabriella Windsor And Lady Rose Windsor Watching From The Balcony Of Buckingham Palace (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Prince Harry, aged three, sticks his tongue out while a well-behaved Prince William looks out at the crowds at Trooping The Colour in June 1988. Also pictured is Lady Gabriella Windsor and Lady Rose Windsor (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

 

Age 4 – First day at school

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 11: Princess Diana With Her Sons Prince William And Prince Harry Standing On The Steps Of Wetherby School On The First Day For Prince Harry. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Princess Diana stands with her sons on the steps of Wetherby School (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Just before his fifth birthday, Harry started primary school on 11 September 1989. And the pictures melted the nation.

Official photos were released of Harry and William stood on the steps of Wetherby School in their smart uniforms with matching hats and socks.

The cutest part of this moment is the way Harry is looking up adoringly at his big brother with a big smile on his face, while the ever-professional William looks straight on at the cameras to pose for the milestone moment.

Harry went on to attend Ludgrove School before enrolling at Eton College.

 

Age 5 – An army boy in the making

GERMANY: (FILE PHOTO) A young Prince Harry, aged approximately 8 years old, in Army uniform and helmet gets a ride in a tank during a visit to a British regiment in Germany circa 1990. Prince Harry is due to start his Army training at Sandhurst May 8, 2005. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Prince Harry visits a British army regiment (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Prince Harry’s desire to work in the army may have been visible as early as when he was five-years-old.

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Here, the now-sixth in line to the throne, sits in Army uniform and helmet while getting a tank ride during a visit to a British regiment in Germany on 1 January 1990.

 

Age 6 – One of many family trips to the slopes

LECH, AUSTRIA - APRIL 10: Princess Diana With Princes William & Harry Skiing In Lech, Austria (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Princess Diana sits in-between William and Harry on a ski lift in Austria (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

The royals love a trip to the slopes and in April 1991, Harry enjoyed his first of many in Lech in Austria.

Here, the two princes sandwich their mother Diana as they ride a ski lift to the top of some slopes.

Harry is so besotted with the slopes, it’s believed he chose the plush resort of Verbier in the Swiss Alps for his stag do earlier this year, ahead of his wedding to Meghan Markle in May.

Prince Harry learns to ski in Lech – just look at the concentration on his face! (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

 

Age 7 – A prince in the public eye

Trooping The Colour 1992 LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 13: Di13ana, Princess of Wales, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and Prince Harry, attend the Trooping The Colour Ceremony on June 13, 1992 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Harry enjoys Trooping The Colour with his mother and the Queen Mother (Picture: Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)

Diana may have ensured her two boys grew up enjoying ‘normal’ activities – such as trips to Disneyland or playing hide and seek around their home – but Harry was still a prince in the public eye and he knew how to behave.

Here, suddenly looking like a mature young man, Harry acted the picture-perfect great-grandson for the Trooping The Colour in June 1992 at the age of seven, riding a carriage along with his mother and his great-grandmother, The Queen Mother.

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Age 8 – Thorpe Park family days

Diana Princess Of Wales, Prince William & Prince Harry Visit The 'Thorpe Park' Amusement Park. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Diana, William and Harry ride Loggers Leap at Thorpe Park – this photo went on to become one of the most iconic shots of Diana enjoying down time with her sons (Picture: Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)

It was evident how important it was for Diana to spend quality time with her boys, just like this fun day out to Thorpe Park they enjoyed on 13 April 1993.

Videos and photos of their day out – which saw them joined on the rides by Thorpe Park’s General Manager Colin Dawson, while royal protection officers followed them around – showing them all having a whale of a time. And Diana rocked casual-chic in her Hard Rock jacket.

This visit was their third year in a row but there was no special treatment for the royals – Diana had insisted they queued for all of the rides, just like all of the other thrill-seekers.

 

Age 9 – Time to hit the slopes again

The Princess of Wales and her two sons, Princess William (left) and Prince Harry, ride in a horse-drawn sleigh as they leave their hotel in Lech, Austria. They are accompanied by the Princess's friends Catherine Soames and Kate Menzies
William, Diana and Harry enjoy yet another ski trip (Picture: PA Archive/PA Images)

Here, pictured on 27 March 1994, a nine-year-old Prince Harry joins his brother and mother on a horse-drawn sleigh as they leave their hotel in Lech following another skiing trip.

 

Age 10 – A young boy very close to his mother

Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie, on a ski trip in 1995 (Picture: Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)

When Harry was 10, he’d already mastered the slopes so no doubt showed off his skills to younger cousins Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

Here are some adorable images showing William, Harry, Beatrice and Eugenie on a ski trip in Klosters on 4 January 1995.

William plays the older cousin well, holding Beatrice up on the snow for a photo (Picture: Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)

Mummy's boy

Harry’s love for his mum is shown beautifully in these photos of Diana and a ten-year-old Prince Harry.

Harry often stayed right by his mum’s side, pictured here on Christmas Day in Sandringham in 1994 (Picture: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

While Charles and William remain serious, Harry is clearly having fun with his mum while watching the parade march past as part of the commemorations of VJ Day on 19 August in 1995 (Picture: JOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images)

An adoring glance at his mother as they leave a VE Commemorative Event In Hyde Park.in 1995 (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Little brother gets a glimpse of what's in store for him

ETON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 06: Prince William signs in on his first day at Eton College watched by his parents, he Prince and Princess of Wales and brother, Prince Harry on September 16, 1995 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/WireImage)
Prince William signs in on his first day at Eton College on 1 September 1995, watched by his proud parents and a 10-year-old Prince Harry (Picture: Anwar Hussein/WireImage)

 

Age 11 – Boys will be boys

Harry and William can’t keep straight faces during all royal events, can they? (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

This photo of Harry and William in July 1996, when Harry was 11 and William 14, shows their bond, their cheekiness and how Diana’s desire of them to have fun and not be stifled was a reality.

The boys struggle to contain themselves during the National Anthem at The Royal Tournament at Earl’s Court.

Father and son time

17 Feb 1996: HRH Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his son Prince Harry stand for the athems as Prince William (second row, right) looks around and takes in the atmosphere during the Wales v Scotland game in the Five Nation Championship at Cardiff Arms Park in Cardiff, Wales. Mandatory Credit: Ben Radford/Allsport
Prince Charles and Prince Harry enjoy a rugby game in Wales in 1996 (Picture: Ben Radford/Allsport)

Harry often enjoyed quality time with either his mum or dad, here pictured watching the Wales v Scotland game in the Five Nation Championship at Cardiff Arms Park in Wales on 17 February 1996.

 

Age 12 – The toughest year of Harry’s life

SANDRINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 30: Charles, Prince of Wales, and Prince Harry, take part in a shoot at Sandringham, Norfolk, on November 30, 1996. in Sandringham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
Charles, Prince of Wales, and Prince Harry, take part in a shoot at Sandringham in November 1996 (Picture: Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)

When Prince Harry turned 12, he faced the hardest time of his life.

Pictured above with Prince Charles, Harry is seen taking part in a shoot at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk in November 1996 – three months after his parents divorced.

However, nine months later on 31 August 1997, when Harry was still aged 12, his world came crashing down around him as his mother, Diana, Princess Of Wales, was killed in a car crash in Paris.

The horrific accident happened just two weeks before Harry’s 13th birthday. He and William had been in the Royal Family’s Scottish holiday home Balmoral with their father and cousins at the time.

Below, Harry is pictured with his brother, Prince William, father, Prince Charles, uncle, Earl Spencer and grandfather, Prince Philip, at his mother’s funeral on 6 September.

(L to R) The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles walk outside Westminster Abbey during the funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales, 06 September. Hundreds of thousands of mourners lined the streets of Central London to watch the funeral procession. The Princess died last week in a car crash in Paris. (Photo credit should read JEFF J. MITCHELL/AFP/Getty Images)
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William, Earl Spencer, Prince Harry and Prince Charles walk outside Westminster Abbey during the funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales on 6 September (Picture: JEFF J. MITCHELL/AFP/Getty Images)
Prince William and Prince Harry bow their heads as their mother’s coffin is taken out of Westminster Abbey following her funeral service (Picture: ADAM BUTLER/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Age 13 – Harry starts at Eton

ETON, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 03: Prince Harry Leaves His School House For His First Day Of Lessons At Eton College. He Is Wearing The Traditional Eton Tail Coat. (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)
Prince Harry leaves his school house for his first day at Eton College (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

One year on from his mother’s death, a 13-year-old Harry was starting senior school.

Here, he is pictured on 3 September 1998 looking excited as he marks his first day at Eton College, wearing the traditional Eton tail coat.

The Windsor family tradition had been to send children to Gordonstoun in Scotland. Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward had all been schooled there, but Eton was the school Diana’s side of the family had attended.

 

Age 14 – A special relationship with his dad

Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and Prince William pictured on Christmas Day in 1998 (Picture: UK Press via Getty Images )

Here, Harry is pictured with his father and brother on Christmas Day in 1998.

The trio are pictured walking through crowds as they head to Sandringham Church on Sandringham Estate for the traditional Christmas Day service.

Paying tribute to mum

Charles and Harry are pictured enjoying some father and son time skiing in Klosters in Switzerland on 5 January 1999, just like Diana used to do with Harry (Picture: Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)

 

Age 15 – Polo boy

Prince Harry enjoys the Polo (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

A candid photo of Prince Harry enjoying himself at the polo – a pastime he loves.

Here, he is seen on 8 July 2000 holding a whip at The Beaufort Polo Club. He was watching his dad play in a charity match.

 

Age 16 – Girls, girls, girls

Prince Harry plays Polo in Gloucestershire (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

By the age of 16, Harry was quite the Polo pro, pictured above galloping on the field at the Beauford Polo Club in June 2001.

Prince Harry’s interest in girls started to show at the age of 16, pictured here with three female friends at the Polo (Picture: Getty)

The Queen Mother's 101st birthday

Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry stand next to the Queen Mother as she stands outside Clarence House on her 101st birthday on 4 August 2001 (Picture: UK Press/Getty Images)

 

Age 17 – A farewell to his great-grandmother

403541 13: Britain's Prince Harry walks behind the Gun Carriage bearing the coffin of the Queen Mother April 9, 2002 as it makes its way to Westminster Abbey during her state funeral April 9, 2002 in London. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Prince Harry walks in procession during the Queen Mother’s funeral (Picture: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

At the age of 17, Harry suffered another great loss when his great grandmother, the Queen Mother, died on 30 March 2002 at the age of 101.

Her state funeral was held on 9 April and here, Prince Harry is pictured walking behind the Gun Carriage bearing her coffin.

 

Age 18 – Harry finishes at Eton

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 2003: (FILE PHOTO) Prince Harry relaxes in his room at Eton College in March 2003.in Windsor, England. The Royal Family on October 9, 2004 denied allegations that the Prince had cheated in his art A-level. Sarah Forsyth, a former teacher of Harry at Eton, made the allegations as she prepared to take the college to an industrial tribunal claiming for unfair dismissal. (Photo by Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)
Prince Harry relaxes in his room at Eton College in March 2003 (Picture: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images)

Prince Harry is here pictured in his dorm at Eton College in March 2003, thee months before he completed his education at the prestigious school.

He left with two A-Levels – a grade B in Art and a D in Geography. His strongest subject was sports and he showed a keen interest in rugby and polo at school.

One of his former Eton teachers, Sarah Forsyth, claimed that Harry cheated in his Art exam at Eton, but this was vehemently denied by the Royal Family and Eton itself.

 

Age 19 – Gap year

Prince Harry reacts as he holds 'Spike' the echidna, at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, 23 September 2003. Harry, Prince Charles second son and third in line to the British throne, arrived in Australia 23 September for a three-month stay during his gap year before military college, planning to work during his trip as a jackaroo at cattle and sheep stations. AFP PHOTO/Greg WOOD (Photo credit should read GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)
Harry holds ‘Spike’ the echidna at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo on 23 September 2003 (Picture: GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

After finishing at Eton College, Harry decided to take a gap year and travelled to Australia to work for three months, just like his father had done in his younger years.

Harry also travelled to Lesotho in Southern Africa, working with orphaned children. It was here that he produced the documentary film The Forgotten Kingdom.

Here, Harry is pictured in Sydney’s Taronga Zoo holding an echidna – which are also known as spiny anteaters.

 

Age 20 – Harry’s biggest controversy yet

NEW YORK - JANUARY 13: A copy of the New York Post front page lies on display featuring a "Royal Nazi" headline January 13, 2005 in New York City. British royal, Prince Harry, reportedly attended a fancy dress party wearing a khaki uniform with an armband emblazoned with a swastika, the emblem of the German WWII Nazi Party. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
A copy of the New York Post front page shows Prince Harry at a fancy dress party dressed as a Nazi (Picture: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

On 13 January 2005, when Harry was 20-years-old, he was caught in his biggest controversy to date.

While his party-loving side was well documented in the press, he found himself in serious troubled when he was photographed at Highgrove House at a Colonial and Native themed costume party wearing a Nazi German Afrika Korps uniform complete with a swastika armband. Prince William was also at the party and had decided to dress as a lion.

Harry ended up issuing a public statement saying sorry for his tasteless choice of costume.

His statement, issued by Clarence House, said: ‘I am very sorry if I have caused any offence or embarrassment to anyone. It was a poor choice of costume and I apologise.’

A spokesman for Clarence House added: ‘The Prince of Wales knows Prince Harry is very sorry if he has caused offence.’ It was reported at the time that Charles had ordered Harry to pay a private visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland to reflect.

A happier time: His father's wedding

(EMBARGOED TO 0001 BST MONDAY APRIL 11 2005) WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 9: Clarence House official handout photo of the Prince of Wales and his new bride Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with their children (L-R) Prince Harry, Prince William, Laura and Tom Parker Bowles, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle after their wedding ceremony April 9 2005, in Windsor, England. (Photo by Hugo Burnand/Pool/Getty Images)
Prince of Wales and his new bride Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with their children (L-R) Prince Harry, Prince William, Laura and Tom Parker Bowles, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle (Picture: Hugo Burnand/Pool/Getty Images)

Three months later, Harry was back in the public gaze, but this time for much happier reasons – his father’s marriage to Camilla, Duchess Of Cornwall on 9 April 2005

 

Age 21 – Harry’s first serious relationship

EGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 30: Prince Harry and his girlfriend Chelsy Davy attend the Cartier International Polo match at the Guards Polo Club on 30 July, 2006 in Egham, England. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and his then-girlfriend Chelsy Davy at the Polo in 2006 (Picture: MJ Kim/Getty Images)

Harry is here pictured on 30 July 2006 at the age of 21 with his then-girlfriend Chelsy Davy.

Confirming their romance in an interview for his 21st birthday, Harry had said he ‘would love to tell everyone how amazing she is but once I start talking about that, I have left myself open… There is truth and there is lies and unfortunately I cannot get the truth across’.

 

Age 22 – Ten years on from his mother’s death

LONDON - JULY 1: Prince Harry kisses girlfriend Chelsy Davy in the Royal box at The Concert for Diana on July 1, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)
Prince Harry kisses girlfriend Chelsy Davy during The Concert for Diana (Picture: Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

Here, Harry is pictured engaging in a public display of affection with Chelsy while in the Royal box at The Concert For Diana on 1 July 2007.

Harry and Chelsy dated for five years, splitting in 2009 and then dating on and off until 2011. They remain friends.

 

Age 23 – A strong-minded lieutenant

AFGHANISTAN - JANUARY 02: (NO PUBLICATION IN UK MEDIA FOR 28 DAYS) Prince Harry holds an SLR rifle on patrol through the deserted town of Garmisir close to FOB Delhi (forward operating base), where he was posted in Helmand province on January 2, 2008 in Southern Afghanistan. (Photo by John Stillwell POOL/ Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)
Prince Harry on patrol in Southern Afghanistan (Picture: John Stillwell POOL/ Tim Graham)

Having joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 8 May 2005 after his gap year, Harry began army life as Officer Cadet Wales. One year later, in April 2006 he completed his officer training and became a Cornet (second lieutenant) in the Blues And Royals, which is a regiment of the Household Cavalry in the British Army. By April 2008, Harry was made a lieutenant.

Before it was decided Harry would be deployed to Afghanistan in 2007, there had been a public debate over whether the third in line to the throne should be allowed to fight on the front line.

Queen Elizabeth II smiles at Prince Harry as she inspects soldiers at their passing-out Sovereign’s Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy on 12 April 2006 in Surrey. She said as she passed him, ‘Here is a face I recognise’ (Picture: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Harry had expressed his wishes to go, saying at the time: ‘There’s no way I’m going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country.’

However, by May, it was announced that he would no longer be allowed to go as threats to his life had been made which put his fellow soldiers at risk.

The following year, following further training, the Ministry Of Defence revealed Harry had been secretly deployed as a Forward Air Controller to Helmand Province in Afghanistan and he’d been there for the previous 10 weeks.

There had been a blackout placed on the information to protect Harry and his comrades’ lives but it soon leaked.

In the above image, Harry is pictured in January 2008 in Southern Afghanistan, holding an SLR rifle on patrol through the town of Garmisir.

Princess Anne, Princess Royal presents Afghanistan war campaign medals to officers and soldiers of the Household Cavalry Regiment in May 2008 (Picture: POOL/ Tim Graham Picture Library/Getty Images)

Harry was presented with an Operational Service Medal for his tour by his aunt, Princess Anne. He was the first member of the Royal Family to serve in a war zone since his uncle, Prince Andrew, flew helicopters during the Falklands War.

 

Age 24 – Following in his brother’s footsteps

SHAWBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 18: TRH Prince William and Prince Harry pose in front of a Griffin helicopter during a photocall at RAF Shawbury on June 18, 2009 in Shawbury, England. Both the Princes are currently on their military helicopter training courses at RAF Shawbury. The base is home of the Defence Helicopter Flying School. Prince William's course will remain at Shawbury until 2010 while Prince Harry will remain at the base until Autumn 2009. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
William and Harry pose in front of a Griffin helicopter at RAF Shawbury, where they both trained (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

It was announced that Harry had decided to follow in Prince William’s footsteps and would learn to fly military helicopters in October 2008.

Here, Harry and William are pictured during a photocall at RAF Shawbury on 18 June 2009.

 

Age 25 – Following in his mother’s footsteps

CAHORA BASSA, MOZAMBIQUE - JUNE 21: In this handout image provided by The HALO Trust, Prince Harry is seen with a deminer from The HALO Trust, a British charity dedicated to removal of landmines, on June 21, 2010 in Cahora Bassa, Mozambique. Prince Harry is following in his late mother's footsteps, Princess Diana, who visited the same charity in Angola eight months before her death. Prince Harry spent two days with the charity learning the first stages of landmine clearance and detonated mines himself under supervision from deminers. (Handout Photo by The HALO Trust/Getty Images)
Prince Harry is seen with a deminer from The HALO Trust in Mozambique (Picture: The HALO Trust/Getty Images)

At the age of 25, Harry was walking proof his mother lived on in both he and William, thanks to their consistent charity efforts.

Here, Harry is pictured walking with a deminer from The HALO Trust, which is a British charity dedicated to the removal of landmines, on 21 June 2010 in Cahora Bassa, Mozambique.

Diana had visited The HALO Trust eight months before her death.

 

Age 26 – Best man duties call

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Prince William takes the hand of his bride Catherine Middleton, now to be known as Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, followed by Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton as they walk down the aisle inside Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of Prince William, the second in line to the British throne, to Catherine Middleton is being held in London today. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry walks with chief bridesmaid Pippa Middleton at the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William (Picture: Kirsty Wigglesworth – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

On 29 April 2011, Prince Harry took on one of the most important roles in his life – that of best man at his brother’s wedding to Kate Middleton.

Here, he is pictured leaving Westminster Abbey following the ceremony alongside Pippa Middleton, Kate’s younger sister.

One of the most iconic moments from their wedding was when Harry was cheekily whispering and joking with William while stood at the front of the altar before Kate arrived.

 

Age 27 – A single man

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: (L-R) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry laugh as they watch the track cycling on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Velodrome on August 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry laugh as they watch the track cycling on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games (Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

While his brother was happily married, Harry was enjoying single life. He was linked to both Florence Brudenell Bruce and Mollie King when he was 27, but Cressida Bonas was his only confirmed girlfriend at this time. They dated until 2014.

Here, Harry is pictured enjoying the London Olympic Games with his brother and sister-in-law on 2 August 2012.

 

Age 28 – Harry, Kate and Wills remain inseparable

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge raise their wands on the set used to depict Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter Films during the Inauguration Of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden on April 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Rogers - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Harry, Kate and William have some fun with their magic wands on the set used to depict Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter films (Picture: Paul Rogers – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Harry is famously close to Kate – here pictured with her and William at the opening ceremony of The Making Of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros Studios on 26 April 2013.

 

Age 29 – The launch of the Invictus Games

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 06: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Harry talks with wheelchair basketball players during the launch of the Invictus Games at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on March 6, 2014 in London, England. The Invictus Games for wounded, injured and sick service personnel will use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of those who serve the country. Prince Harry has brought the Games to the UK following a trip to see the Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013. 300 competitors from around the world will take part in the games from the 10th-14th September. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
Prince Harry talks with wheelchair basketball players during the launch of the Invictus Games in London (Picture: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games, which are for sick and wounded military personnel, in 2014 at the age of 29.

Here he is pictured talking with wheelchair basketball players at the Copper Box Arena in London during the launch on 6 March 2014.

 

Age 30 – A working man

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend at the annual Chelsea Flower show at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 18, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Simmonds - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend at the annual Chelsea Flower ({Picture: Julian Simmonds – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

Here, Harry is pictured sharing a tender moment with his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, on 18 May 2015 during the Chelsea Flower Show.

Throughout this year, Harry continued his work started with the Invictus Games by visiting various wounded service personnel up and down the country.

It was announced in June 2015 that Harry was leaving the Armed Forces.

 

Age 31 – A BFF in Barack Obama

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 28: U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Prince Harry in the Oval Office of the White House October 28, 2015 in Washington, DC. Prince Harry is on a one day visit to the Washington DC area and met earlier in the day with wounded U.S. military personnel at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Barack Obama meets with Prince Harry in 2015 (Picture: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Prince Harry is famously very friendly with Barack Obama, having met a number of times.

The pair met in the White House on 28 October 2015 during Harry’s one-day visit to Washington DC where he had been meeting injured service personnel.

Harry launched the Invictus Games Orlando in 2016 with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden at Fort Belvoir.

 

Age 32 – His romance with Meghan goes public

Prince Harry is pictured wearing a headress given to him by dancers in Surama Village in the Guyana Hinterland on day 13 of an official visit to the Caribbean (Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

On 8 November 2016, Kensington Palace confirmed that, following months of speculation, Prince Harry was dating American actress Meghan Markle.

But it wasn’t the fact he’d finally confirmed the romance that made the headlines – it was his furious statement to the press and public in which he defended her that stole the news.

Above, Harry is pictured on 3 December 2016 – one month following his statement on Meghan – in Surama, Guyana, during his royal visit to the Caribbean.

Kensington Palace statement in full

‘Since he was young, Prince Harry has been very aware of the warmth that has been extended to him by members of the public. He feels lucky to have so many people supporting him and knows what a fortunate and privileged life he leads.

He is also aware that there is significant curiosity about his private life. He has never been comfortable with this, but he has tried to develop a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it.

He has rarely taken formal action on the very regular publication of fictional stories that are written about him and he has worked hard to develop a professional relationship with the media, focused on his work and the issues he cares about.

But the past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment.

Some of this has been very public – the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.

Some of it has been hidden from the public – the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.

Prince Harry is worried about Ms Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her.

It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms Markle should be subjected to such a storm.

He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game – it is her life and his.

He has asked for this statement to be issued in the hopes that those in the press who have been driving this story can pause and reflect before any further damage is done. He knows that it is unusual to issue a statement like this, but hopes that fair-minded people will understand why he has felt it necessary to speak publicly.’

 

Age 33 – Harry and Meghan’s debut, a royal engagement and a royal wedding

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 25: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry attend the Wheelchair Tennis on day 3 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Nathan Philips Square on September 25, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. The Games use the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for the Armed Forces. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry pictured at the Wheelchair Tennis during the Invictus Games in Toronto (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)

It was on 25 September 2017 that Harry and Meghan made their public debut at the Invictus Games in Toronto.

On 27 November, the happy couple announced they were engaged to be married and on 19 May 2018, they tied the knot at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Harry also become an uncle for the third time when Prince Louis was born in April, following Princess Charlotte in May 2015 and Prince George in July 2013.

Harry and Meghan pose in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace on the day of their engagement announcement (Picture: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 19: Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Ben STANSALL - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince Harry, Duke Of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, leave St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after becoming man and wife (Picture: Ben STANSALL – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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Harry and Meghan leave Windsor Castle following their wedding to head to their evening party at Frogmore House (Picture: Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP)

That’s one heck of a busy year for a 33-year-old Harry.

With his and Meghan’s first official visit to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga approaching in October – which is their first official overseas tour as husband and wife – Harry’s throwing himself head-first into a busy 34th year, as well.

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