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Prince Harry spearheads Antarctic dream with Walking With the Wounded

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Prince Harry is to be the patron of Walking With the Wounded's latest adventure. The organization's patron helped the 2011 team train for an Arctic trip, and also announced that he would go to Everest base camp with the 2012 team; that did not happen.

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At an April 19, 2013 press conference, however, the prince announced that he would again support his organization as they staged an expedition to the South Pole.

The Walking With the Wounded 2013 South Pole Alliance will include three teams: one each from the United Kingdom, one from the Commonwealth (Australia and Canada), and the United States.

While not officially a race, Prince Harry acknowledged that “we all know what will happen” as the teams race to be first to the South Pole. Each group will raise funds for its own military charity—Soldier On for the Commonwealth team, and Soldiers to Summits for the U.S. team.

According to CBS News, the four-week race takes place in November and December and is 208 miles long. Each team of five, which also includes an experienced polar guide, will raise money for Walking With the Wounded, and will pull its own 155-pound supply sled.

The Mirror reported that the prince was in good spirits, heaping praise on military personnel in general and his team-mates in particular, as he and his team-mates laid out the details in a live broadcast from London's Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

The British Antarctic team consists of Guy Disney, Kate Philip, Duncan Slater, and Ibrar Ali. All are amputees having been wounded in Afghanistan. Walking For the Wounded works with other organizations to provide support and training for injured veterans returning to civilian life.

Sources: CBS News, Mirror; Walking With the Wounded, St. James' Palace

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