Britain's Prince Harry was among those who were given the Atlantic Council's 2012 Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership in recognition of his charitable and humanitarian work supporting servicemen and women.

The young royal received the award from former US Secretary of State Colin Powell at a dinner event held in Washington on 7 May, 2012.

Prince Harry accepted the award on behalf of Prince William and their joint work through the Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry. The foundation helps rehabilitate wounded servicemen and women and reintegrate them back into civilian life.

While receiving the award, Prince Harry called on both Britain and the US to work on every possible means to serve wounded servicemen and women particularly those serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also praised the courage and sacrifice made by those whose lives had been changed by conflicts.

"So many lives have been lost and so many changed forever by the wounds that they have suffered in the course of their duties. They have paid a terrible price to keep us safe and free," the Telegraph quoted Prince Harry at the Washington dinner. "The very least we owe them is to make sure that they and their brave families have everything they need through their darkest days ... for these selfless people, it is after the guns have fallen silent, the din of battle quietened, that the real fight begins."

The 2012 award was also presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Unilever CEO Paul Polman and world renowned violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter.

The evening was hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski and those honoured were introduced by former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell, Senator Chuck Hagel, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and Sir Andre Previn.

As the premier international awards event in Washington, DC, the Annual Awards Dinner brings together leaders from the United States, Europe and around the world.

Before receiving the award, Prince Harry will attend a reception at the British ambassador's residence in Washington, to meet teams of British and American veteran athletes, who will have taken part in the Warrior Games in Colorado.

Catch a glimpse of Prince Harry at the 2012 award ceremony:

Britain's Prince Harry speaks after receiving the Humanitarian Award from the Atlantic Council during their annual awards dinner in Washington May 7, 2012.Reuters
Prince Harry of England (R) is greeted by Frederick Kempe, president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council, as he arrives for the Atlantic Council Annual Awards Dinner in Washington May 7, 2012.Reuters
Britain's Prince Harry walks from the stage after receiving the Humanitarian Award from the Atlantic Council during their annual awards dinner in Washington May 7, 2012.Reuters
Britain's Prince Harry speaks after receiving the Humanitarian Award from the Atlantic Council during their annual awards dinner in Washington May 7, 2012.Reuters
Britain's Prince Harry speaks after receiving the Humanitarian Award from the Atlantic Council during their annual awards dinner in Washington May 7, 2012.Reuters
Britain's Prince Harry walks to the stage to receive the Humanitarian Award from the Atlantic Council during their annual awards dinner in Washington May 7, 2012.Reuters
Britain's Prince Harry stands with former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell as he receives the Humanitarian Award from the Atlantic Council during their annual awards dinner in Washington May 7, 2012.Reuters