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LONDON, December 13. /ITAR-TASS/. The Antarctic ski expedition of a team which includes Prince Harry has arrived at the finish line, British TV channels reported. Thus Prince Harry became the first member of the Royal family, who went to the geographical South Pole, the Royal Household noted. The three teams, which were initially supposed to compete in a race event, after covering 335 kilometers decided to work together the rest of the way to the South Pole. While the expedition arrived at what many cultures consider to be an unlucky day, grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II does not share this sentiment. “Friday the 13th. Unlucky for some, lucky for us,” said the fourth in line to the throne.
The expedition consisted of teams of seven young military veterans and celebrities from Great Britain, United States and the Commonwealth – former British colonies.
Last Saturday the three groups teamed up into one due to inhospitable conditions of the ice desert and “elevated stress levels” of the participants. All of them covered many kilometers on skis every day in severe weather conditions, carrying sleds with over 70 kilograms of payload.
The journey to the South Pole began November 17, when participants departed London to South African Cape Town. From there the travelers flew to the airfield adjacent to the Russan Novolazarevskaya Antarctic station, where they stayed for acclimation.
Before embarking on the journey, Prince Harry trained in Great Britain in a special cold chamber. A similar 2011 trip to the North Pole was cut short by Harry due to his brother’s (Prince William) wedding.
At the time, the event, organized by Walking With the Wounded, a veteran NGO endorsed by Prince Harry, also had participants from the British military, who were injured in the line of duty. The objective of both events is to attract the public’s attention to the problems of veterans and the disabled and to collect donations for charity.