Prince Harry to join the Queen in cheering on runners taking part in London Marathon



Prince Harry will attend the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday – after the Queen has set the runners on their way as the official starter.

Harry, Patron of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, will make the presentations to the winners of the elite men, women, wheelchair and IPC races. 

He will also have the opportunity to meet a selection of volunteers in the administration of the race and members of the St. John Ambulance.

Harry’s involvement comes after it was announced that The Queen will set the runners on their way as the official starter.

Marathon: The Queen will start the race on Sunday (PA)

It is only the third time in the race’s history that a member of the royal family has acted as the official starter for the event, which launched in 1981 — and the first time the Queen has done so.

She will step onto a special podium in front of the Round Tower at Windsor Castle to push the start button for the runners on Sunday 22 April at 10am.

Kate, William and Harry kick off London Marathon 2017

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Kate, William and Harry greet runners

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The Duchess of Cambridge gives a thumps up

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The trio are championing the Heads Together campaign

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Kate arrives in Greenwich

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The duchess gives a round of applause to runners

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Fancy dress runners head to the start line

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Entrants donned costumes for charity

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David Weir wins the men’s wheel chair Virgin Money London Marathon

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This will be relayed live on to screens for those on the start line of the 26.2-mile race from Blackheath to The Mall. 

In 1949, the then Princess Elizabeth fired a pistol to commence the Polytechnic Harriers Marathon, a 26-mile race from Windsor Castle to Chiswick Stadium.

Royals: Harry, William and Kate acted as official starters for the race last year

The first royal to start the London Marathon was Princess Diana in 1988. Last year the Queen’s grandsons, Princes William and Harry, and the Duchess of Cambridge, acted as race starters for the event, which raised a record-breaking £61.5 million for charity. 

Londoner Sir Mo Farah is bidding to become the first British male winner of the race since Eamonn Martin 25 years ago.



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