Prince Harry has arrived at the London marathon ahead of his role of presenting the winners” with their medals. Dressed casually in a white shirt, navy trousers and a blazer, Harry, 29, strolled in the sunlight to greet the event”s spectators and organisers.
“He”s old and she”s pregnant,” joked Harry when questioned about why his brother, Prince William, and sister-in-law, Kate, were not running the marathon as Harry had lightheartedly suggested at last year”s race.
“What”s fantastic is that my brother and his wife will be doing it next year, I think,” the fun-loving Prince joked during the BBC”s marathon coverage in 2012. “He”s going to have to now, isn”t he” he added.
Harry, who is patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, will be waiting at the finish line ready to congratulate those who complete the race, before proudly handing out their awards.
The Prince“s appearance at the high-profile race is significant in light of the tragic events that occurred at the Boston Marathon earlier in the week. Despite some concern about the event”s security, the royal showed no sign of backing out of his duty.
“As far as we are concerned, there”s nothing to suggest any change,” said a St James”s Palace spokesman, confirming that Harry would still attend the long distance run.
As the race began runners and supporters alike observed a 30-second silence and participants were also encouraged to wear a black ribbon given to them when they picked up their race number as a show of unity with the victims of Monday”s attack.