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Polar trekkers to meet the Queen

Three teams of injured service personnel who are setting off on a race across Antarctica will meet the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh today.

The Walking With The Wounded trekkers - including the charity's patron Prince Harry - will attend the reception at Buckingham Palace as they make their final preparations for the 200-mile expedition.

The Queen missed an investiture ceremony yesterday after suffering "mild discomfort" with her ankle but a Palace spokesman said she will return to duty for today's engagement.

Harry will race with the British team of injured army soldiers when they take on outfits from the United States and the Commonwealth for the South Pole Allied Challenge 2013.

The racers will head south later this month and will aim to finish the trek by Christmas.

Harry, 29, who took part in the Walking With The Wounded trek to the North Pole in 2011 for five days, broke a toe in a minor accident last month, but it is not thought to have badly affected his training.

In September the royal spent the night in a giant freezer to simulate the gruelling conditions he will face.

Hollywood actor Alexander Skarsgard, star of the hit HBO series True Blood, will head the US team and English actor Dominic West, from the popular series The Wire, will race alongside the team comprising Australian and Canadian servicemen and women.

Walking With The Wounded helps retrain injured military personnel for careers in civilian society.


From Belfast Telegraph