His sister-in-law has been flying the flag for the younger royals so far this week.

But today it was Prince Harry’s chance  to turn out on what is known as a palace ‘away day’.

The 28-year-old helicopter pilot prince was in Nottingham undertaking engagements on behalf of a variety of charities and organisations.

First on his whistle-stop tour of the city was Headway, a UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury. While there the prince was taught how to change a nappy with one hand and also tried on a pair of goggles to experience what it is like to have brain injury.

 
Prince Harry changes a nappy with one hand at Bradbury House. with brain injury survivor Dominic Hurley

Prince Harry changes a nappy with one hand at Bradbury House. with brain injury survivor Dominic Hurley

 
Prince Harry wears a glove to experience what it is like to have a brain injury

Prince Harry wears a glove to experience what it is like to have a brain injury

 
Prince Harry wears a pair of goggles to experience what it is like to have a brain injury

Prince Harry wears a pair of goggles to experience what it is like to have a brain injury

 
Helicopter pilot Harry was undertaking engagements on behalf of a variety of charities and organisations

Helicopter pilot Harry was undertaking engagements on behalf of a variety of charities and organisations

From its Nottingham base and through its network of more than 100 groups and branches across the UK, it provides support, services and information to brain injury survivors, their families and carers, as well as to professionals in the health and legal fields.

Harry was greeted by two familiar faces, double Olympic gold medallist and Headway Vice President, James Cracknell, and Johnson Beharry VC, both of whom are living with the long-term effects of brain injury.

 

 

Cracknell almost died when he was clipped on the head by a petrol tanker wing mirror during a bike ride through the US in 2010.

He has spoken movingly of his fight to regain his health and the terrible toll the accident has taken on his family, particularly his television presenter wife Beverley, as a result of the mood swings and aggression he has been left with.  Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry won the VC in 2005 after twice saving members of his unit from ambushes while serving in Iraq in 2004.

 

 

 
First on his whistle-stop tour of the city was the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury
First on his whistle-stop tour of the city was the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury
 

First on his whistle-stop tour of the city was the UK-wide charity that works to improve life after brain injury

 
Prince Harry speaks to a group of children after arriving at Headway, the brain injury association

Prince Harry speaks to a group of children after arriving at Headway, the brain injury association

Prince Harry chats to children at Headway brain injury association to open its new headquarters

Prince Harry chats to children at Headway brain injury association to open its new headquarters

He was seriously injured in the last attack when a rocket propelled grenade hit the vehicle in which he was travelling, leaving him with terrible shrapnel wounds to his face and head. 

Both men are members of a team of brain injury survivors who are set to take on an arduous physical challenge in 2014, details of which have yet to be revealed.

The pair are aid to be keen to explain to the prince how the effects of brain injury are often hidden and can include severe fatigue, emotional instability, and difficulty processing or retaining information.

These symptoms can often be exacerbated in stressful situations, but the team members are determined to complete their challenge in order to raise awareness of brain injury – often described as the hidden disability.

 
 
Prince Harry opens Bradbury House, the new headquarters for brain injury association Headway
Prince Harry opens Bradbury House, the new headquarters for brain injury association Headway
 

James Cracknell (L) and Corporal Johnson Beharry (R) arrive at Headway, the brain injury association at Bradbury House during Prince Harry’s official visit to Nottingha

 
 

 

 

His second engagement of the day will take him to the city’s Russell Youth Club in St Anne’s where he will meet young people from organisations involved in youth work and discuss how his own charitable organisation, the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, might help them.

One of them, KK Boxing, was founded by reformed gang member Marcellus Baz and engages with particularly hard to reach young people teaching them discipline and communication through the sport.

His last stop is to the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies where he will meet students taking part in lessons covering everything from music, film and gaming.

He will then officially open a new Notts TV Institute, which has won a 12-year licence to run the area’s first local television station.

 
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