People princes, Prince William and Prince Harry, spend three-and-a-half hours at the hospital during their secret and emotional visit to meet servicemen wounded in Afghanistan.
The two young Princes, 27-year-old Prince William and 25-year-old Prince Harry, went to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at Selly Oak in Birmingham yesterday after, Prince of Wales, Prince Charles told them it was “full to the gunnels” with injured military personnel who needed cheering up.
On their visit both princes showed the compassion their mother Princess Diana was famous for, spending three-and-a-half hours at the hospital, speaking to 30 wounded servicemen, their families and medical staff. Both princes are serving military officers, both William and Harry had a strong bond with the patients.
An aide said: “They were both very moved by the occasion and met a lot of seriously wounded people and spoke to their families.”
Julie Moore, chief executive of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust, said : William and Harry had a strong bond with the patients because of their own military careers. They showed a keen and sincere interest in how we care for all our patients.”
Prince Charles has made numerous trips to see the wounded at Selly Oak. Princess Anne, and other royals have also been on several occasions.
Four years ago the Daily Express revealed that the Queen had launched a scathing attack on the then Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Cabinet for failing to visit the wounded flown back from Afghanistan and Iraq. Since then defence ministers have made regular pilgrimages to the hospital.
Gordon Brown has been several times and was there three days before the Princes toured the critical care ward and a military-managed trauma ward.