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As a fully operational Apache Helicopter Pilot in the Army Air Corps, Prince Harry is a keen supporter of the Armed Forces.

Like other members of the Royal Family, Prince Harry is Patron of a number of charitable organisations that aim to support servicemen and women.

Not only is the Armed Forces one of the key areas supported by the philanthropic activities of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, but His Royal Highness is also heavily involved as Patron of Walking with The Wounded.

Walking with the Wounded is a charity established in 2010 which supports servicemen and women who have been injured in the line of duty.

Undertaking inspirational expeditions is just one of the ways the charity raises awareness of its cause.

In 2010, Prince Harry gave his full support to the Walking with the Wounded expedition to the North Pole, becoming its Patron and stating that he would join the group of former servicemen on their charitable trek.

Speaking in March 2010 at its launch, The Prince said: “I'm absolutely thrilled to become a Patron of this wonderful expedition. It truly is going to be an amazing trip.”

The following year, the team had made it to the North Pole, enduring 200-miles of trekking in temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius. Prince Harry joined the wounded servicemen for the first five days of their journey, which aimed to raise £2 million.

In August 2012, it was announced that Prince Harry has become Patron of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013.

Groups of armed forces personnel from Britain, the United States and the Commonwealth - who sustained physical or cognitive injuries in the line of duty - will take part in the competition in November and December 2013.

Like his father, The Prince of Wales, and his brother, The Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry also shows his support for The Sun’s Military Awards.

Speaking at the 2011 awards, during which he presented the Award to Support for the Armed Forces to Walking with the Wounded, Prince Harry praised the inspirational role of family members of servicemen and women.

The Prince told the audience: “The strength and courage it must take to see your husband or your wife, your father or mother, son or daughter, head off into the unknown – and to support them doing it – I can hardly even imagine. So, to our amazing, brave families, I know I join every single service man and woman in saying from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.‪”

Prince Harry is also keen to show his support for veterans of the Armed Services, and in 2011 visited the Royal Hospital in Chelsea to celebrate Founders’ Day with the Chelsea Pensioners.

In a speech to mark the occasion, Prince Harry praised the residents for their "extraordinary military service to our country".

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