Members of the Royal Family will cheer on the nearly-40,000 runners at this weekend’s London Marathon.
The London Marathon, the third of the calendar year’s Abbott World Marathon Majors, comes six days after the 121st Boston Marathon. Prince Harry officially opened the race expo on Wednesday as runners collect their bibs and gear ahead of Sunday in what is annually one of the world’s most popular road races. He was also seen handing out race bibs to participants.
Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – Prince William and Kate Middleton – are expected to be on-course for the London Marathon to cheer on the thousands of runners. Members of the Royal Family have been heavily involved with London for months working with Heads Together, a program that aims to help people “feel much more comfortable with their everyday mental well-being and have the practical tools to support their friends and family.” Heads Together is the the London Marathon’s ‘Charity of the Year.’
Earlier this year, the Royal Family trio had a sprint-off at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Harry, William and Middleton will be touring around London in the coming days handing out Heads Together headbands and adding the headbands to up to 70 mailboxes in the London area.
Photos and video from around London and at the race expo
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 19, 2017
Thank you Melissa, aged five, for helping Prince Harry open the @londonmarathon Expo! This year, every runner will receive a blue @heads_together headband, along with a note from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, wishing them luck and encouraging them, no matter which important cause they are running for, to join #TeamHeadsTogether to make this the Mental Health Marathon.
The Duchess reveals one of around 70 Royal Mail post-boxes that will be wrapped with @heads_together headbands on the @LondonMarathon route. The Duchess was hosting #TeamHeadsTogether runners at Kensington Palace, to wish them luck with preparing for the London Marathon, and to thank them for working to make this the Mental Health Marathon.
Prince Harry, Patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, hands out race numbers to @LondonMarathon runners as he opens the London Marathon Expo. This year, every runner will receive a #TeamHeadsTogether headband, along with a good luck note from The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry asking, whatever important cause they are running for, to join @heads_together in making this the Mental Health Marathon 📷PA
Krista DuChene, a 2016 Olympian, is the Canadian to watch for in terms of the elite field at Sunday’s London Marathon.
The race gets underway at 10 a.m. local time, 5 a.m. EDT on April 23.