Prince Harry greets wounded veterans finishing 1,000-mile walk at Buckingham Palace
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By Elizabeth Murray
Prince Harry continued his passion for helping veterans on Sunday, greeting a group of former military personnel who walked 1,000 miles in 72 days to raise awareness about the problems facing disabled veterans.
The six-person team concluded their 1,000-mile trek at Buckingham Palace, which began on August 22 in Scotland and continued through the length and breadth of the country to London.
The 31-year-old royal walked a 17-mile portion of the group's trek in September. Among the former servicemen Harry joined were amputees, those suffering from traumatic brain injuries and victims of improvised explosive devices.
A champion of Walking with the Wounded since its formation, Prince Harry has taken part in numerous treks the charity has organized, including a 2011 expedition to the North Pole and one to the South Pole two years later.
Prince Harry has long been passionate about supporting injured servicemen and women. He's also the patron of the Invictus Games, a multi-sport event for wounded veterans that he launched in 2014.
In late October, the royal traveled to the U.S. to join first lady Michelle Obama in meeting wounded members of the military at Virginia's Fort Belvoir.
"I am in no doubt that my two deployments to Afghanistan changed the direction of my life," Harry said while at Fort Belvoir. "There is very little that can truly prepare you for the reality of war. The experiences can be stark and long lasting."