Prince Harry joins wounded British soldiers trekking 1,000 miles across UK

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By Eun Kyung Kim

Taking to the street for cause close to his heart, Prince Harry on Wednesday joined a group of wounded servicemen crossing the United Kingdom by foot to raise awareness about the problems facing disabled veterans.

Harry met up with the six-member core group participating in the “Walk of Britain” for a 17-mile stretch of their 1,000-mile, 72-day trek across the country. The expedition started on Aug. 22 in Scotland and was expected to conclude in London at Buckingham Palace on Nov. 1.

LUDLOW, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Prince Harry joins Walking with the Wounded's Walk of Britain team at Ludlow Castle on September 30, 2015 in Ludlow, England. Prince Harry is patron of the expedition and walked today as part of the veteran's 1000 mile, 72 day expedition through the UK mainland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)Chris Jackson / Getty Images

The prince, who in June retired from a 10-year career with the British Army, is a patron of the Walking with the Wounded organization that organized the lengthy trek.

The walk's core members have been joined each week by other servicemen and supporters as part of an effort to raise awareness about issues injured veterans face as they transition to civilian life.

LUDLOW, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30: Prince Harry joins Walking with the Wounded's Walk of Britain team at Ludlow Castle on September 30, 2015 in Ludlow, England. Prince Harry is patron of the expedition and walked today as part of the veteran's 1000 mile, 72 day expedition through the UK mainland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Among the former servicemen Harry joined Wednesday were amputees, those suffering from traumatic brain injuries and victims of improvised explosive devices.

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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.