Plenty to smile about! New father Prince Harry beams as he arrives at Oxford Children’s Hospital – and is presented with a teddy for baby Archie
- Prince Harry beamed as he arrived at Oxford Children’s Hospital this morning
- The new father, 34, welcomed son Archie with the Duchess of Sussex last week
- Well-wishers presented the proud prince with a teddy bear for his newborn baby
- Prince Harry will spend the day carrying out engagements in the city
He only became a father last week, but Prince Harry proved he is already a natural with children as he stepped out for an engagement in Oxford today.
The Duke of Sussex, 34, spent time speaking to excited youngsters as he made his way into Oxford Children’s Hospital.
One little girl beamed when the prince knelt down to speak to her, while another smiled up at the royal visitor as he passed.
Harry, who welcomed son Archie with the Duchess of Sussex last week, appeared in particularly good spirits and laughed as he was presented with a teddy for his newborn son.
Caring touch: Prince Harry speaks to a young boy and his family during the hospital visit
Brightening his day: Harry showed off his playful side as he helped make a balloon animal
Playtime: The Duke of Sussex was happy to sit on the floor and play with one young family
Proud Dad! New father the Duke of Sussex couldn’t keep the smile from his face as he kicked off a day of engagements in Oxford with a visit to the city’s children’s hospital
Thoughtful touch: Prince Harry spent time speaking to Daisy outside the hospital
Already a natural! Showing his paternal instincts, new father Prince Harry crouched down to speak to two children waiting to speak to him at Oxford Children’s Hospital this morning
Made her day: One little girl beamed as the prince took the time to speak to her at the hospital
Beaming: The little girl smiled up at the prince as he stopped on his way into the hospital today
Prince charming: Harry laughed as he spoke to Daisy Wingrove outside the hospital today
The gift was given to him by Daisy Wingrove, who made Harry chuckle as they spoke outside the hospital.
Harry will tour the Oxford Children’s Hospital, a purpose-built centre for the treatment of children and young adults, based at the John Radcliffe hospital site.
Special gift: Daisy Wingrove presents Prince Harry with a teddy for baby Archie at the hospital
Fresh-faced: Prince Harry looked well rested, despite being busy with baby Archie
Delighted: The royal smiled as he received the teddy, which will be given to week-old Archie
Light-hearted moment: Harry made Daisy smile with a comment on his way into the hospital
Dapper: Harry donned a grey suit jacket, chinos and a white shirt for the outing in Oxford
Warm welcome: Crowds gathered to greet the royal as he arrived at the hospital this morning
During the visit, the duke will meet children and young people receiving treatment, and the staff caring for them, as well as supporters of Oxford Hospitals Charity.
He will visit teenagers on a ward specifically tailored to the needs of young adults and meet 13-year-old Mikayla, a WellChild award winner, who previously met the duke at the WellChild Awards in 2016.
Before leaving Harry will visit the hospital’s school to meet students, taking lessons while undergoing treatment, and their teachers.
Showing his support: Hospital staff waited to greet Harry on his arrival this morning
Taken with the teddy: Harry looked pleased with the new toy for his little son Archie
Thoughtful gift: It is believed the teddy was dressed in a t-shirt supporting the hospital
The duke will then visit Oxsrad Disability Sports and Leisure Centre, opened by his mother Diana, Princess of Wales in 1989, where he will meet people who use its facilities including those taking part in the Rebound Therapy and physiotherapy programmes.
The inclusive centre has been supporting people with disabilities through sport and physical exercise for 30 years, offering rehabilitation sessions as well as fitness classes and gym facilities.
Finally, the duke will visit Barton Neighbourhood Centre, a hub for local residents which houses a doctor’s surgery, food bank, cafe and youth club.