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Prince Harry drops in on marines' 6,600km challenge

Prince Harry wished Royal Marines good luck before they set off from the Cutty Sark to complete the final phase of their epic ‘1664 challenge’ with a moonlit 30 mile march which finished in London today. The event celebrates 250 years since their formation.

Prince Harry meets Royal Marines at Cutty Sark
Prince Harry meets Royal Marines at Cutty Sark Credit: Ministry of Defence
Captain Sam Moreton (26), 42 Commando from Exmouth introduces HRH Prince Harry to Mne Tom Barker (19) 45 Cdo, from Carlisle, Cumbria.
Captain Sam Moreton (26), 42 Commando from Exmouth introduces HRH Prince Harry to Mne Tom Barker (19) 45 Cdo, from Carlisle, Cumbria. Credit: Ministry of Defence
Royal Marines taking part in the 1664 Challenge form up in front of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, London last night prior to the final leg of their gruelling journey.
Royal Marines taking part in the 1664 Challenge form up in front of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, London last night prior to the final leg of their gruelling journey. Credit: Ministry of Defence

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Royal childhood exhibition opens

Prince William's childhood sailor suite
Prince William's childhood sailor suit makes up part of the exhibition Credit: PA

Prince George may have turned one this week, but a special exhibition opens at Buckingham Palace this weekend giving an insight into 250 years of Royal childhood. Among the items on display are the Queen's childhood toys and the sailor suit worn by Prince William at the Duke and Duchess of York's Wedding in 1986.

Find out more about the exhibition here.

Status upgrade for London's Great War memorials

To mark the First World War Centenary the Government and English Heritage have upgraded five of London's war memorials. Today is also the opening of the English Heritage exhibition 'We Will Remember Them: London's Great War Memorials' which will exploring a collective and personal remembrance.

  • The Edith Cavell Memorial, St Martin's Place, Westminster - upgraded from Grade II to Grade I- Royal Artillery Memorial, Hyde Park Corner, Westminster - upgraded from Grade II* to Grade I- Machine Gun Corps Memorial, Hyde Park Corner, Westminster - upgraded from Grade II to Grade II*
  • Statue of the Field Marshall Earl Haig, Whitehall, Westminster - upgraded from Grade II to Grade II- Belgian Monument to the British Nation, Victoria Embankment, Westminster - upgraded from Grade II to Grade II- The Cenotaph, Whitehall, Westminster - Grade I list entry enhanced

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Royal Gloriana barge stationed along River Thames

The Royal Gloriana barge, used to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, was stationed on the River Thames today.

The Metropolitan Police's Marine Policing Unit tweeted an image of the Royal rowbarge which is now used to promote better use of the Thames:

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Prince Harry congratulates Atlantic rowers

It's one of the most gruelling endurance races in the world - rowing 3,000 miles in 48 days across the Atlantic. And, today, Prince Harry was in Oxfordshire to praise the crew, including two injured ex-servicemen, for successfully completing the toughest challenge of their lives.

The Prince was in Henley-on-Thames at the home of rowing and the 'Row to Recovery' charity.

The race has been supported by the Endeavour Fund - set up by him - to encourage more wounded veterans to take up the sport. Mel Bloor was at the Royal event.

Interviewees:Cpl Scott Blaney, crew member and Catherine Yoxall from The River and Rowing Museum.

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