Prince Harry visits military families at the White House

Prince Harry visited military families at the White House Thursday, the first day of a seven-day trip to the U.S.

The 28-year-old royal, who has served two tours in Afghanistan as a member of the British Army, made tabloid headlines with his last visit to America. This trip, however, starts with a serious emphasis on military service.

At the White House, Prince Harry joined First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, who were helping military children make Mother's Day cards.

Ahead of his White House stop, the prince toured a HALO Trust exhibit on Capitol Hill. The prince is involved with HALO Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to humanitarian mine clearance, an issue his now-deceased mother Princess Diana was heavily involved with. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and HALO Trust chief executive Guy Willoughby accompanied Prince Harry on the tour.

Later Thursday afternoon, Prince Harry was scheduled to attend a reception at the British Ambassador's residence in Washington.

On Friday, Prince Harry will visit Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath in Section 60, where service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried. He will also lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

After that, he is scheduled to visit wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. While there, he'll also watch a patient demonstrate the rehab simulator program in the Computer Assisted Rehab Environment room (CAREN).

After visiting Washington, Prince Harry will travel to Colorado, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.