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Military charity gets funding boost for Prince Harry trek

A charity for injured servicemen and women has been awarded £100,000 from a fund set up by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Walking With The Wounded - which helps retrain injured military personnel for careers in civilian society - was given the grant by the Endeavour Fund for its 2013 South Pole Allied Challenge.

Prince Harry (right) will join a 210-mile trek across Antarctica this winter Credit: Kent Gavin/PA Wire

Harry, the expedition patron, announced last month that he will make the gruelling 210-mile trek across Antarctica this winter.

The Endeavour Fund was set up last year as part of William, Kate and Harry's Royal Foundation with the aim of enabling more wounded servicemen and women to take part in expeditions and sporting challenges.

Harry reveals why William is not running marathon

Prince Harry has revealed why his brother Prince William is not taking part in this year's London Marathon.

Speaking to volunteers as he prepared to hand out medals at the finish line, he said his brother was "getting old".

Last year Harry joked on BBC that he was planning to enter the London marathon and that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also taking part.

At the time Clarence House moved swiftly to play down his comments; saying they were obviously made "in jest."

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Kate and William cheer on the horses at Cheltenham

The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge have enjoyed a day at one of the horse racing world's most prestigious races. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
The Royals appeared captivated by events on the Cheltenham Festival's fourth day, which was headlined by the Gold Cup. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Kate and William were seen beaming at trackside. Perhaps, they thought the Gold Cup favourite was worth a bob or two? Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Duchess of Cambridge bikini photos a 'breach of privacy'

Plans by an Italian gossip magazine to publish pictures of the Duchess of Cambridge on a private Caribbean holiday have been condemned by St James's Palace.

The pictures reportedly show Kate wearing a bikini and strolling on a beach on the island of Mustique with William. It is understood Chi magazine is planning to publish the images.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on a private holiday when the photographs were taken. Credit: Chris Weeks/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A St James's Palace spokesman said: "We are disappointed that photographs of the Duke and Duchess on a private holiday look likely to be published overseas.

"This is a clear breach of the couple's right to privacy."

Last year the publication produced a 26-page spread showing Kate topless during a holiday in France.

Duke and Duchess congratulate Race2Recovery's injured soldiers

The team, made up of mainly British servicemen along with two US Marines – many of them amputees following injuries in Afghanistan - set out with four Land Rover-based Wildcat vehicles on January 5th but only one vehicle, and crossed the finishing line late on Saturday evening.

Race2Recovery celebrate as their car approaches the Dakar Rally finishing line. Credit: Race2Recovery

The Duke and Duchess, who have followed the team’s progress since Day One said in their message: “Catherine and I have heard the wonderful news about your success today - many, many congratulations.

“We know it was not easy, but you have today become true record holders as the first ever disability team to complete what is one of the world's toughest challenges.

“What you have achieved was a triumph of perseverance and teamwork, and you have shown the world what true valour looks like. We hope you get some rest now, and, please, no driving like that on our roads when you're back!"

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Prince William: I'm like a 'giraffe on ice' playing football

The Duke of Cambridge joked that he was like "giraffe on ice" on a football field during a visit to an academy school in south-east London.

He said: "Watching me on the football field is never a pretty sight – the expression giraffe on ice springs to mind.

"However it is marginally less embarrassing than seeing my brother cheat his way to becoming the fastest man on the planet!

"Catherine, on the other hand, with a tennis racquet or a hockey stick is something to behold and be aware of."

The royals visited the academy school to attend the launch of a new project that is being supported by their charitable Foundation.

Royals attend sports project launch

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive for the launch of a new sports project in south east London that aims to train the next generation of sports coaches.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry arrive in Rotherhithe. Credit: ITV News

Young trainers are expected to put their students through their paces for the royal trio, whose charitable foundation is supporting the initiative.

The royals arrive for the launch of a new sports project in south east London. Credit: ITV News

Judo, basketball, five-a-side football and table tennis will be demonstrated for William, Kate and Harry during a visit to a college in Rotherhithe.

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