A big change for the warrior prince. Harry will no longer be piloting an apache helicopin a combat zone. Moving to a desk job.
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This time last year the Duchess was pregnant with her first child, Prince George. Kate turned 32 on Friday (Jan 9) and since she had a whirlwind year leading up to the birth of Prince George, so it is no wonder that she wanted to lay low for this birthday.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked relaxed as they walked St Mary Magdalene Church, holding hands as temperatures stayed just above freezing.
One member of the crowd shouted: “Where’s the baby?”
Wearing a tartan Alexander McQueen coat and hat by Gina Foster, Kate smiled and waved to the crowds.
She was seen curtseying to the Queen, who was wearing an orange coat, as the family attended a private service earlier in the morning.
Prince Harry, still sporting a beard from his exertions in the Arctic with the charity Walking With the Wounded, attended alone despite rumours that girlfriend Cressida Bonas might join him.
About 3000 well-wishers gathered outside the church to watch them arrive.
Before the service a pilot entertained them by drawing a smiley face, heart and kiss in vapour trails in the sky.
The service opened with a rendition of Christians, Awake followed by Once In Royal David’s City.
Last year the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge missed the service, choosing to spend Christmas Day with Kate’s family in Berkshire, while Prince Harry was on tour in Afghanistan.
There had been unconfirmed reports that George’s grandparents Michael and Carole Middleton would attend this year. There was no sign of them but it is thought they may arrive at the estate on Boxing Day.
The royal habit of spending Christmas at Sandringham is believed to date to Queen Victoria’s reign.
The family traditionally open their presents on Christmas Eve and will enjoy a Norfolk turkey with all the trimmings after the service.
Prince Harry should reach the South Pole by Friday afternoon.
After weeks on a 200-mile ice trek to benefit Wounded Warriors, Harry sees the finish quickly approaching and even joked about finishing on “Friday the 13th.”
“Second from last day, I think,” he said Wednesday during interviews. “Another 11 km to go, to setup camp. One more full day tomorrow and a half day on Friday and we’re going to the South Pole — on Friday the 13th. Unlucky for some, lucky for us.”
What began as a race with three teams turned into everyone joining forces just to reach the South Pole when conditions became worse than expected earlier this week. Everyone had about 27km left when Thursday’s trek began.
With snow storms that pushed temperatures to around -50C this week, Harry said the conditions have definitely taken their toll, but that everyone is pushing through.
“Not too bad. Wind has dropped now, which is quite nice,” he added. “And everyone is feeling a bit tired, but we’re slowly getting into the rhythm. We got into the rhythm and it’s almost finished.”
Since the entire trek is to help servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries, Harry admitted earlier in the trip that he had “no excuses” but to finish.
British royal Prince Harry has been forced to suspend his expedition to the South Pole due to safety concerns.
The prince is taking part in a race across the Antarctic against teams headed by actors Alexander Skarsgard and Dominic West, but organisers halted the trek on Friday as the adventurers encountered dangerous terrain.
The challenge’s director Ed Parker reveals the participants were struggling with the conditions, and concerns for their safety promoted organisers to stop the mission.
Speaking on Saturday, Parker explained, “Until now, the three teams have been racing against one another across the Antarctic plateau, but yesterday I took the decision to suspend the race. The reason for this is entirely simple – safety, which remains the core principle of our expeditions.
“While all three teams were progressing well, it was becoming evident that there was a higher degree of stress imposed on the team members, due to unprecedented terrain on the plateau.”
The Walking With the Wounded trek, which is raising money for injured troops, is expected to resume, although the teams will no longer be encouraged to race each other to the South Pole.
Taylor Swift was among the celebrities who jetted to Kensington Palace Tuesday night to partake in the evening’s Winter Whites Gala in Aid of Centrepoint.
The 23-year-old star was due to perform at the event, but she didn’t miss her chance to chat up Prince William before she was due on stage.
“Awesome!” she reportedly said after meeting the prince. “He was very funny. I was really happy he was funny.”
Jon Bon Jovi was also schedule to perform at the reception for over 200 major donors.
Centrepoint is a homeless youth charity that Prince William took on after his mother Princess Diana died in 1997.
Other celebrity guests at the gala included Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michelle Dockery.
British Prince Harry arrived at a Russian research station in the Antarctic to prepare for a race to the South Pole for charity, The Telegraph reported.
The race includes three teams of army veterans from Britain, the United States, and Canada and Australia racing to the South Pole for a charity the newspaper did not name.
Racing for the U.S. team is “True Blood” actor Alexander Skarsgard, and for the Canadian-Australian group is “The Wire” actor Dominic West, RIA Novosti reported.
The teams are scheduled to spend two days at Russia’s Novolazarevskaya research station, becoming acclimated to the weather before setting off for the 124-mile race, The Telegraph said.
The teams are expected to face temperatures as low as minus 49 degrees F, RIA Novosti said.
Madame Tussauds revealed a wax version of Prince Harry as he embarks on Walking With The Wounded South Pole Challenge.
Prince Harry begins his journey to the South Pole as part of the Walking With the Wounded challenge this weekend.
And to mark the start of the gruelling endeavour, which will see three teams trek hundreds of kilometres in sub-zero temperatures, London’s famous waxwork museum Madame Tussauds has unveiled a Prince Harry in (Ant)artic clothing.
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The British Army has a whole host of uniforms for all occasions and Prince Harry, as an officer in the Blues and Royals (on attachment to the Army Air Corps), gets to wear many of the 20+ orders of dress available to the Blues & Royals on a regular basis.
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