Prince Harry and David Cameron showcased British innovation and technology in New York on Tuesday - as they arrived in Manhattan on a London bus. A new version of the capital's red routemaster carried the two men to Manhattan's trendy Meat Packing district for an event highlighting creative UK firms blazing a trail in the US.
The event is part of the Great campaign, a Government initiative which promotes the UK around the world as a place to visit, study and do business in, on the back of the success of the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012. Thomas Heatherwick who created the memorable cauldron for the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games helped design the new bus commissioned by London Mayor Boris Johnson.
He joined around 100 guests who included British actress Emilia Clarke, who stars in the popular US fantasy series Game of Thrones, and senior executives from companies like Virgin, British Airways at the reception staged at Milk Studios, a fashion photographic studio that has been used by Madonna. The function is showcasing innovative British companies already making inroads in America or hoping to, and their US equivalents working in the UK or planning to invest here.
The premier and the prince were presented with dolls of themselves created by UK firm Makies. They were also shown 3D printing technology and innovative crafts kit. Addressing the audience, Cameron warned that Britain and the US were both in a "global race".
He said the countries had "brains, brilliance and creativity" and needed to "play to our strengths". Cameron also praised the controversial shale gas extraction technique known as fracking. "Frankly, I am pretty jealous of your fracking success here in the US," he said.