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Prince Harry and team reach South Pole

By Andrew Carey, CNN
updated 10:05 AM EST, Sat December 14, 2013
Prince Harry, left, and Ivan Castro touch the pole as they and their fellow adventurers reach the South Pole as part of their Walking With the Wounded charity trek on Friday, December 13, in Antarctica. The Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge 2013, of which Prince Harry is patron, will see the participants race across three degrees to the South Pole. Prince Harry, left, and Ivan Castro touch the pole as they and their fellow adventurers reach the South Pole as part of their Walking With the Wounded charity trek on Friday, December 13, in Antarctica. The Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge 2013, of which Prince Harry is patron, will see the participants race across three degrees to the South Pole.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Prince Harry and a team made up of servicemen and women reach the South Pole
  • Organizers called off competitive aspect of the charity event
  • The team trekked more than 200 miles

(CNN) -- Prince Harry and a trekking team made up of servicemen and women reached the South Pole on Friday, organizers for the Walking With The Wounded charity said.

Three teams of seven participants each, representing the United Kingdom, United States and the Commonwealth, which consists of several countries long affiliated with the British Empire, took part in the charity event.

Originally, it was a race among the three teams to reach the South Pole, but organizers called off the competitive aspect because it was putting undue strain on the participants.

Prince Harry reaches the South Pole

Harry -- himself a member of Britain's armed forces, having served in Afghanistan and elsewhere -- has had a long association with this charity.

Prince Harry's South Pole trek continues

In several ways, he's been preparing for this latest mission for a long time. That includes taking part in a Walking With The Wounded expedition to the North Pole -- even plunging into the Arctic Ocean's freezing waters -- in 2011 before withdrawing to attend his brother William's wedding. More recently, he traveled to Iceland for training and even spent 24 hours in an industrial freezer in preparation for the South Pole trek.

The teams had to trek more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) across the sparse continent, in temperatures as low as -35 degrees Celsius (-31 Fahrenheit).

Opinion: Why we should salute Prince harry for his polar charity walk

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