Britain’s Prince Harry presented Desmond Tutu with a Companion of Honour award yesterday (30.11.15).
The 31-year-old royal met the Nobel Peace Prize winner – who won the accolade in 1984 for his campaign to end apartheid – as part of his tour of South Africa, and he handed over the prize to the human rights activist on behalf of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
Kensington Palace documented the gesture in a series of tweets, writing: “Prince Harry presented the #CompanionofHonour when he met @TheDesmondTutu today at the offices of @TutuLegacy
“The Honour is awarded to Archbishop Tutu for services to UK Communities, and International Peace and Reconciliation.
“Prince Harry presents Insignia of an Honorary member of The Order of the #CompanionsofHonour on behalf of The Queen (sic)”
Tutu later took to Twitter to thank the queen for the honour and praised her “delightful grandson”.
He wrote: “Thank you @BritishMonarchy for the Order of the #CompanionsofHonour, and for your delightful grandson, Prince Harry.
“We told Prince Harry we accepted the Order on behalf of all on whose shoulders we’ve sat, @BritishMonarchy
“Thank you @BritishMonarchy and people of the UK who supported our freedom struggle. Without you, and others, we would have achieved nothing. (sic)”
The Companion of Honour was granted by the Queen on the recommendation of the government.
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