The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry were all smiles as they attended the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday (Apr. 23). The casually-dressed royal trio wore matching black tops bearing the logo of their mental health initiative Heads Together. Over 700 Heads Together runners are set to take part in the 26.3 mile race, with more than 39,000 runners competing overall.
The royals were pictured pressing the button to begin the famous marathon. They also met some of the runners personally before the race and then cheered them on from the sidelines. William and Kate looked to be having a wonderful time as they tooted their small red horns to encourage runners on the marathon route. The royal couple are due to hand out medals to some of the charity runners when they cross the finish line later in the day. Prince Harry, who is patron of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, is set to make the official presentation to winners of the elite men, women, and wheelchair races
In the build up to this year’s marathon, William, Harry and Kate have made several public appearances to discuss the work of their charity Heads Together. Both Harry and William have spoken openly about how their own mother’s death affected them at a young age. In a film as part of the Heads Together campaign's #OkToSay series for the London Marathon, the footage sees the brothers reveal how the death of their mother, Princess Diana, had brought them closer together.
Harry revealed in the film: "Both of us have always been open to each other, but we've never really talked about it. We've never really talked about losing a mum at such a young age." He added: "You then when you speak to other people's families and little kids, you think 'wow I don't want them to have to go through the same things'. You want to with a little bit of experience, you want to help as much as you can and try to empower them to have that conversation. You want it to be brave for themselves to talk about it at a young age rather than bottling it up for far too long." Prince Harry was just 12, while William, 35, was 15 when their mother died in a tragic road accident in Paris in 1997.