December 20 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend five Paralympic events during the course of the games.
The royals, who are all Paralympics GB ambassadors, will attend three days of sport, including goalball and track cycling.
The duke and duchess will also attend the opening ceremony later today (29.08.12), although Harry is not thought to be there.
The duchess will also watch swimming and athletics, but her husband, Prince William, will have to return to his job as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot.
Prince Harry will attend the swimming next week, before visiting Paralympics GB House to meet with team members.
Concerns have been raised the royals will not be spending as much time at the Paralympics as they did the earlier Olympic games, but a royal source said this is inevitable, due to their schedules.
The spokesperson told the Daily Mail newspaper: “You cannot really compare the two events.
“The duke will be back on shifts with the search and rescue team when he is not attending events and Prince Harry has long-standing military commitments.
“Prince Harry was on a period of summer leave during the Olympics which is due to come to a close very soon.
“The duke did not have any military commitments during the first week of the Olympics.”
The Duke and Duchess also have to prepare for an overseas tour to South East Asia, which departs on September 10, a day after the Paralympics finishes.