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Harry set to mark landmark birthday

Prince Harry will soon celebrate his 30th birthday - an important moment for the Queen's grandson, who has come of age.

The big day - Monday September 15 - is likely to be marked by a party with family and close friends, and comes after a busy summer for the fourth in line to the throne.

There are rumours Pippa Middleton, has been given the honour of organising the bash at Kensington Palace, which could be held on Saturday.

Harry's birthday falls the day after his Invictus Games has ended - a Paralympic style championship for wounded servicemen and women from across the globe.

So if all goes to plan any party could be a double celebration marking the milestone and the successful international sporting event which has been the Prince's sole focus for the past 18 months.

Turning 30 will also mean the fourth in line to the throne will be entitled to a multi-million pound inheritance - estimated at £10.7 million - left to him by his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

Danny Cox, head of financial planning at Hargreaves Lansdown, has suggested if invested the money could produce an income of around £320,000 a year for life before tax and, with the right management and tax advice, "Harry could have a portfolio which supports him and a future family for generations".

After experiencing the death of his mother when a young boy and courting controversy in his teens and early 20s, Harry now appears to be entering the fourth decade of his life in a more settled vein.

He has been enthusiastically promoting his Invictus Games, which begin this week, as a heartfelt tribute to injured members of the Armed Forces.

And with a successful career as an Army captain the prince appears to be striving forward to a promising future.


From Belfast Telegraph