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Last month Vegas, next month Brazil - Prince Harry to travel to World Cup

* Hoping it will be better than the last World Cup for England
* He last saw England booed off the pitch in South Africa
* Fans were disappointed following their goalless draw against Algeria

Tony Jones

Published 30/05/2014 | 19:28

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Britain's Prince Harry plays soccer and rugby with young children during a visit to the Inspire Suffolk youth charity in Ipswich in eastern England. Reuters/Arthur Edwards/Pool
Britain's Prince Harry plays soccer and rugby with young children during a visit to the Inspire Suffolk youth charity in Ipswich in eastern England. Reuters/Arthur Edwards/Pool
Prince Harry enjoys a game of football with young children at the Inspire Suffolk centre for young people in Ipswich, Suffolk. Photo: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Prince Harry will cheer on England's football team from the stands during their football World Cup campaign in Brazil.

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Harry will join thousands of fans watching the national team take on Costa Rica, as he tours Brazil and Chile over seven days in June.

The match will be England's last group fixture and could be a crucial game that could see the team progress to the knock-out stages if they win or draw, or return home if they lose.

The prince will also watch World Cup hosts Brazil take on Cameroon in the capital Brasilia when he arrives in Brazil on June 23.

The following day he will take his place in the stands to see the team assembled by England manager Roy Hodgson play Costa Rica in the regional city of Belo Horizonte

His itinerary will also take him to Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo before he carries out engagements in and around Chile's capital Sanitago and the city of Valparaiso during the final three days of the trip.

Highlights of the Brazil tour will see him join patients with neurological problems canoeing on a lake as they undergo rehab and visit the training base that will be used by Team GB and Paralympics GB during the Rio Olympics in 2016, where children will put on sports displays.

The prince was in South Africa when the country staged the last World Cup and he saw England booed off the pitch after a goalless draw against Algeria.

Harry's private secretary Edward Lane Fox said: "The prince will carry the good wishes of his brother, who is president of the FA (Football Association), and will be hoping like everybody else that it will be slightly more memorable than the last England World Cup match he attended, and that he will be cheering England on to the knock-out stages with the other fans.

"Prince Harry is visiting both countries on behalf of the British Government to help support UK interests in the region and also in support of his own charitable interests which include disadvantaged children, promotion of sustainable conservation and support to the armed forces.

"The itinerary is tailored to Prince Harry's interests and, as you may expect, will contain both a mixture of formal and informal.

"When the eyes of the world are on Brazil and the wider South American continent during the World Cup, the timing of Prince Harry's visit will allow these countries to showcase their positive social support programmes."

During his first full day in the Chilean capital of Santiago, Harry will call on the President Michelle Bachelet before visiting a local nursery school to chat to the youngsters then travel to a military base to meet officers and soldiers.

The following day on June 28 the Prince will travel to Valparaiso to meet members of its British community and learn about the city's volunteer fire fighters.

During his final day in Chile, Harry will visit a day centre and meet children with mental and physical disabilities and the institution's staff.

The prince will be joined by a team of five during his trip - Mr Lane Fox his private secretary, adviser David Manning - Britain's former Ambassador to the US - two press officers and an orderly to help with logistics.

Harry's return flights from the UK to South America will be by scheduled services as will his flights between Brazil and Chile. He will charter a plane for his internal trips within Brazil.

Mr Lane Fox said: "Having carefully considered the logistical challenges of travelling around Brazil during the World Cup on tight schedules, we believe a charter plane is the most effective way to maximise his time and engagements and still travel between three cities in four days."

Harry will join thousands of fans watching the national team take on Costa Rica, as he tours Brazil and Chile over seven days in June.

The match will be England's last group fixture and could be a crucial game that could see the team progress to the knock-out stages if they win or draw, or return home if they lose.

The prince will also watch World Cup hosts Brazil take on Cameroon in the capital Brasilia when he arrives in Brazil on June 23.

The following day he will take his place in the stands to see the team assembled by England manager Roy Hodgson play Costa Rica in the regional city of Belo Horizonte

His itinerary will also take him to Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo before he carries out engagements in and around Chile's capital Sanitago and the city of Valparaiso during the final three days of the trip.

Highlights of the Brazil tour will see him join patients with neurological problems canoeing on a lake as they undergo rehab and visit the training base that will be used by Team GB and Paralympics GB during the Rio Olympics in 2016, where children will put on sports displays.

The prince was in South Africa when the country staged the last World Cup and he saw England booed off the pitch after a goalless draw against Algeria.

Harry's private secretary Edward Lane Fox said: "The prince will carry the good wishes of his brother, who is president of the FA (Football Association), and will be hoping like everybody else that it will be slightly more memorable than the last England World Cup match he attended, and that he will be cheering England on to the knock-out stages with the other fans.

"Prince Harry is visiting both countries on behalf of the British Government to help support UK interests in the region and also in support of his own charitable interests which include disadvantaged children, promotion of sustainable conservation and support to the armed forces.

"The itinerary is tailored to Prince Harry's interests and, as you may expect, will contain both a mixture of formal and informal.

"When the eyes of the world are on Brazil and the wider South American continent during the World Cup, the timing of Prince Harry's visit will allow these countries to showcase their positive social support programmes."

During his first full day in the Chilean capital of Santiago, Harry will call on the President Michelle Bachelet before visiting a local nursery school to chat to the youngsters then travel to a military base to meet officers and soldiers.

The following day on June 28 the Prince will travel to Valparaiso to meet members of its British community and learn about the city's volunteer fire fighters.

During his final day in Chile, Harry will visit a day centre and meet children with mental and physical disabilities and the institution's staff.

The prince will be joined by a team of five during his trip - Mr Lane Fox his private secretary, adviser David Manning - Britain's former Ambassador to the US - two press officers and an orderly to help with logistics.

Harry's return flights from the UK to South America will be by scheduled services as will his flights between Brazil and Chile. He will charter a plane for his internal trips within Brazil.

Mr Lane Fox said: "Having carefully considered the logistical challenges of travelling around Brazil during the World Cup on tight schedules, we believe a charter plane is the most effective way to maximise his time and engagements and still travel between three cities in four days."

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