Prince Harry joined his Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge trekkers at Trafalgar Square in London on Thursday for the official launch of the South Pole race. On Wednesday, the group gathered at Buckingham Palace to meet with a very familiar face: Harry's grandma, Queen Elizabeth II. Harry showed the queen and Prince Philip the snowsuit and a sled that he and his team will be using as they make their charity trek to the South Pole. He also joked with his fellow trekkers and his grandma, joking about how "scary" it was to share a tent with one of the Walking With the Wounded organizers and caused the Queen to giggle when he referred to her as "granny."
Harry will serve on Team UK (named Team Glenfiddich), which is made up of wounded veterans. He will have star competition on his journey against Dominic West and Alexander Skarsgard, who will serve on Team Commonwealth and Team USA, respectively. The three seven-man teams will depart from London to Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday, Nov. 17, to start their journey to Antarctica. They will then travel to Novolazarevskaya Station, Antarctica, on Nov. 19 to adjust to the freezing temperature. Then, on Nov. 30, the three teams will race the 220 miles from 87° south to the South Pole. They are expected to reach the finish line on Dec. 16.
Harry has long been a supporter of Walking With the Wounded and charities that support wounded veterans, having served in the British Army since 2005. Last week, Prince Harry was joined by his grandfather in their first joint appearance to lay a wreath of poppies at the Field of Remembrances at Westminster Abbey ahead of Remembrance Day.