Prince Harry was in Oxfordshire on Monday to present medals to wounded ex-servicemen who rowed across the Atlantic for charity. The four-man team completed a 4,800km journey last December across the Atlantic Ocean, backed by the charity Row2Recovery. In total the Prince met 10 servicemen, the team of four from the 2013 row as well as the six man team who completed the challenge in 2011.
Prince Harry also toured the Henley on Thames’ River and Rowing Museum and watched an indoor rowing demonstration. The Prince chatted to museum visitors and signed the guestbook before heading upstairs to the Gallery where he met trustees and staff.
The charity Row2Recovery is the official provider of para-rowing for the British Military and encourages wounded veterans to take up rowing.
One of the servicemen who took part in the 2011 row, Rory Mackenzie, who is a former military medic said the royal visit put “the seal of approval on what we are trying to achieve”.
The visit to Oxfordshire comes just days after Prince Harry launched a sporting championship for injured members of the armed forces. The Paralympic-style Invictus Games will see servicemen and women take part in sports such as wheelchair basketball, indoor rowing and sitting volleyball.
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