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Prince Philip meets Windsor sea cadets

Prince Philip meets sea cadets in Windsor this afternoon Credit: ITV Meridian

Prince Philip has met dozens of enthusiastic sea cadets in Windsor today.

It's part of his visit to the training ship Windsor Castle in Stovell Road - which is holding an open day.

The Duke of Edinburgh has been meeting sea cadets in Windsor Credit: ITV Meridian

Prince George steals the show arriving in New Zealand

Duchess of Cambridge carries Prince George off the flight from London to New Zealand Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The family arrive in Wellington on their first day of their visit to Australia and New Zealand Credit: SNPA / David Rowland
Prince George is on his first official Royal visit with his parents! Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire



Duke, Duchess and Prince George arrive in Wellington

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in Wellington at the start of their three week tour of New Zealand and Australia with their baby Prince George.

Prince George is on his first foreign holiday. Credit: APTN
The three arrived in Wellington, New Zealand today. Credit: APTN
They are at the beginning of a three week tour of New Zealand and Australia. Credit: APTN

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Prince Philip in Windsor to meet sea cadets later today

The Duke of Edinburgh is due to meet sea cadets in Windsor today.

He will visit the training ship Windsor Castle in Stovell Road, which is hosting an open day.

It is the oldest unit in the Sea Cadets Corps and was established back in 1899.

The Duke of Edinburgh will meet sea cadets in Windsor Credit: ITV Meridian

Royalty will be in Windsor later to unveil new statue

The Queen, Prince Philip and Prince William will be in Windsor later today to unveil a new statue.

The statue, which is on the roundabout at the Albert & Kings Road junction near Windsor Castle, is of a pair of the Queens Windsor Grey horses.

The horses pulled the carriage at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

Windsor residents raised £200,000 for the statue to be installed on the roundabout.

The statue t is also in honour of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's coronation.


Royal visit to flood-hit Kent

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall, visited Kent today, to meet residents of the south-east's most flooded village. They were given a warm welcome by a small crowd of well-wishers.

David Johns was there and spoke to restaurateur Kajol Miah, Rev Paul Filmer from Yalding church, Yalding Parish Council chairman Geraldine Brown and local resident Joseph Wilson.

Countess opens new neonatal unit at hospital in Surrey

HRH The Countess of Wessex has been back to Frimley Park Hospital for the first time since she had her second child there, to officially open a new neonatal care unit.

The Countess gave birth to her son James, Viscount Severn at the Surrey hospital in 2007, and her daughter Lady Louise in 2003.

The Countess with two-week-old Nathan Hanson and his mother Louise from Camberley Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

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The new neonatal unit was finished in December. It is estimated that around 550 babies will spend sometime on the unit each year.

The Countess of Wessex was last at the hospital in 2007 Credit: Frimley Park Hospital

Good fun at Goodwood: Prince Harry enjoys a day of motor racing in Sussex

Prince Harry
The need for speed: Prince Harry at Goodwood Credit: PA Wire

Prince Harry has been meeting injured servicemen and women today who have benefited from a charity set up to help them rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit.

The Prince is patron of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and has been at its track day at Goodwood Motor Circuit, West Sussex, to speak to soldiers supported by the Endeavour Fund.

Prince Harry
A wink and a smile for all the action at Goodwood Credit: PA Wire

The Fund, which was created by the Prince and the Foundation in 2011, plays an important role in ensuring that more wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges.

So far, The Endeavour Fund has supported more than 300 men and women via projects including the Walking With The Wounded trek to the South Pole, Race2Recovery, Walk On Wales, Flying For Freedom and a Fastnet Race team.

Harry spent the morning racing classic cars and smiled as he sped around in a 1964 two-series blue Aston Martin DB4, a black Lamborghini, a silver Aston Martin and a red Jaguar, a prototype F-type Coupe R.

Prince Harry
Prince Harry enjoys the fun of Goodwood Credit: PA Wire

Captain Mark Jenkins was part of a team of four who took part in Row2Recovery, sailing from the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

The 34-year-old, who is part of the Royal Army Medical Corp, was joined by amputees, soldiers Cayle Royce and Scott Blaney, and fellow serviceman James Kayll.

He said the project would not have been possible without a £30,000 grant from The Endeavour Fund.

He said: "It's the best thing you have ever done, the hardest thing you have ever done, the worst thing you have ever done, all in one experience. It's hard to mentally and physically motivate yourself to keep going."

David Wiseman, who was a captain in the Yorkshire Regiment, joined The Endeavour Fund last year after taking part in challenges for Walking With The Wounded.

The 31-year-old, who was shot in the chest in Afghanistan, climbed Manaslu, in Nepal, the eighth highest mountain in the world, in 2011, and attempted Everest in 2012.

He said he joined the fund because he knew the power challenges like this could harness in people who have been injured.

RAF Corporal Alan Robinson, 35, who is involved with Flying For Freedom, spoke to the Prince about how the fund has helped to train servicemen to become microlight pilots.

His aim is to fly a microlight to the Antarctic, he said.

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