Prince Harry Makes Capitol Hill Swoon

Congressional staffers pack the halls for a glimpse of the red-headed royal.

1. Staffers on Capitol Hill abandoned their desks this afternoon to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry, who is visiting the United States this week.

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5. Then something horrible happened…

There were more Prince Harry fans here earlier -- mostly young women who work at the Capitol -- but they were politely to clear out.

— hjacksonAP (@Henry C.J. Jackson)

The image of female Hill staffers being ushered away from Prince Harry and forced do things like, say, staff the principal, is delightful.

— robertcaruso (@Robert Caruso)

8. But OF COURSE they returned.

A second level of #princeharry watchers here. Sorry, couldn't resist...

— hjacksonAP (@Henry C.J. Jackson)

9. Some staffers even went outside the building.

Female hill staffers wait for Prince Harry #princeharryUSA

— AshleyCodianni (@Ashley Codianni)

High above the Russell Senate office building awaiting Prince Harry's arrival and the throng of screeching girls.

— ascritch (@andrew scritchfield)

12. Capitol Police pushed people back, but they would not be stopped.

female US senate staff have least productive afternoon in history as they wait for Prince Harry arrival

— WalkerSkyNews (@Amanda Walker)

14. Update - 3:45 p.m.: Sen. John McCain exits the building to greet Prince Harry.

Senator McCain quips that he's "never seen such a crowd of young ladies" as are here to greet Prince Harry

— MattLaslo (@Matt Laslo)

16. UPDATE - 3:50 P.M.: Prince Harry arrives and all hell breaks lose.

you guys, the screams are never ending. guaranteed the Russell building has never seen anthing like this #PrinceHarryUSA

— RoyalReview (@Kelly Harrison)

Prince Harry with John McCain: (via @MattLaslo)

— MichelleFields (@Michelle Fields)

Adoring roar echoes down to Russell Rotunda -- Prince Harry is here.

— kasie (@Kasie Hunt)

#royalty day in #DC #PrinceHarry and Senator #McCain

— phuffdaddy (@Priscilla Huff)

!!!!!!!!! #princeharryusa

— DCLion (@C M)

"look at all the girls here for you! pick one!" RT @hjacksonAP: #princeharry is here That's him with Sen. John McCain

— RoyalReview (@Kelly Harrison)

Female staff squealing as Prince Harry comes within view when he leans in to examine exhibit #PrinceHarryUSA

— Julie_Eckert (@Julie Eckert)

Capitol staffers cheered as Prince Harry walked through the Russell Senate building.

— steffdaz (@Stefanie Dazio)

24. Update - 4:00 p.m.: Prince Harry is touring a land mine detection exhibit on Capitol Hill with Sen. McCain.

Watch live as Prince Harry visits DC

— BuzzFeedNews (@BuzzFeed News)

Prince Harry and S John McCain being shown equipment used to detect land mines.

— WalkerSkyNews (@Amanda Walker)

26. And Capitol Hill rejoiced.

This is ridiculous: #princeharryusa

— ellievhall (@Ellie Hall)

@tammydellinger Cries of "Harry, Harry"- it was like a One Direction concert #PrinceHarry #PrinceHarryUSA

— CamillaTominey (@Camilla Tominey)

Prince Harry. And a Capitol police officer protecting said prince from moi. #PrinceHarryintheUSA

— LJ0hnson (@Liz Johnson)
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31. But HRH Prince Harry maintained his royal composure.

One more. #harry

— kasie (@Kasie Hunt)

#PrinceHarry at the US Senate to tour @theHALOTrust photo exhibit - #PrinceHarryUSA

— UKinUSA (@British Embassy)

33. Sadly, all good things must come to an end.

One more of Prince Harry & @SenJohnMcCain walking upstairs #princeharryusa #swoon

— LJ0hnson (@Liz Johnson)

Senator McCain on Prince Harry media coverage: "I noticed a pro-ponderous amount of media coverage is of one gender" (that would be FEMALE)

— sarahmcourtney (@Sarah Courtney)

@SenJohnMcCain "He's gone, he's gone", joking to crowds waiting for #princeharryusa @BuzzFeedNews @RoyalReporter

— DCWifeSnake (@DCWifeSnake)

And so, Prince Harry left. Hallways cleared. Female staffers returned to their lives, unfulfilled dreams of being a princess.

— MicahGrimes (@Micah Grimes)

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