Band of Brothers, 101st Airborne,  Prince Charles visit
Since the release of the TV mini-series "Band of Brothers" in 2001, the veterans of Easy Company have been hosted and greeted by countless dignitaries. However, the "crown jewel" of such visits took place this past July when, with the Valor Studios staff, the Band of Brothers veterans presented the next King of England, His Royal Higness, Prince Charles, with Matt Hall's original painting, "Brothers in Arms," to the Prince's delight!

Special thanks to Nikki and Gabriele Orsini, the Manor of Groves Hotel, and the BAA for their efforts in making our UK visit possible!
The ceiling at Prince Charles' residence, the site of our presentation.
No royal visit would be complete without tea time!
Bradford Freeman and Ed Tipper.
Easy Company veterans Bradford Freeman and Ed Tipper with
Matt Hall's "Brothers in Arms" in the background. The painting was purchased
& presented to Prince Charles on behalf of a doner who wishes to remain anonymous.
Band of Brothers veteran Buck Compton
Band of Brothers veteran & Call of Duty author Lynn "Buck" Compton.
Band of Brothers vet Don Malarkey
Easy Company Soldier author & veteran Don Malarkey.
Erica Makos of Valor Studios, handled all arrangements for the visit.
Valor Studios staff member Elizabeth Makos and her brother, Art Director, Bryan Makos.
Adam Makos, Valor Studios' Publisher, had the privledge of presenting the veterans
to Prince Charles. At right is veteran Bradford Freeman.
Don Malarkey and Buck Compton
Don Malarkey holds, and would present Prince Charles with a copy of his book, Easy Company Soldier,
while his longtime friend Buck Compton looks on.
Buck Compton
Buck Compton, Adam Makos, and Prince Charles discuss Don's gift.
Easy Company soldier Bradford Freeman
Bradford Freeman greets Prince Charles.
E-Company vet Ed Tipper
Ed Tipper with the Prince.
Ed Tipper & prince charles
Prince Charles was eager to learn of the veterans' lives back home over tea.
Don Malarkey with Brothers in Arms
Prince Charles was impressed with the detail in Brothers in Arms.
Don Malarkey and Prince Charles
Don Malarkey chuckles as he explains that he landed in a tree just outside of
Ste. Mere Eglise, just like the figure Matt's painting.
Adam Makos shows Prince Charles the reverse side of Brothers in Arms,
hand-signed by several 101st & 82nd Airborne veterans.
Prince Charles is elated to discover such special signatures on the back of the painting.
Prince Charles tells Adam Makos the story behind a photo that
Pres. Roosevelt autographed to his mother during WWII.
Band of Brothers veterans with Prince Charles
After an hour of conversation and presentations, Prince Charles and the Band of Brothers posed for a snapshot momento of a special visit. L-R: Bradford Freeman, Ed Tipper, Prince Charles,
Buck Compton, and Don Malarkey.
The Valor Studios staff with Prince Charles.