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Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York will show her support to 30 injured military veterans as they embark on a 250-mile bike tour over six days from Windsor Castle on Sunday 6 October.
SR UK is a cycling tour organised by London based military charity BLESMA – The Limbless Veterans and will see the cyclists, both from Britain and the US, tackle between 30 – 50 miles a day.
The riders, many on adapted cycles and hand bikes, will take in some iconic locations including Battle Abbey, Arundel Castle, Sandhurst, and the North and South Downs for good measure, ending up with what promises to be a “victory charge” from Horse Guards Parade to the Tower of London on Friday afternoon 11th October.
Presenter Jeremy Clarkson’s wife and manager Francie will join the riders on the last day as they ride past BBC’s Top Gear test track at Dunsfold Aerodrome and on to the Tower of London.
On the final day, the participants will cycle from Horse Guards Parade, where the British Army’s Household Cavalry carry out their ceremonial duties for The Queen at Buckingham Palace, to the iconic Tower of London.
Before they set off on their way, the cyclists will also attend a dinner hosted by the US Defence Attaché Brigadier General Quintas at the American Embassy on Saturday 5 October.
Jerome Church Chief Executive of BLESMA says: “We are very privileged to be able to start our great ride from Windsor Castle and particularly grateful that HRH Princess Beatrice will be there to wish the riders well. It will mean the world, both to our Members and our American allies, as they set out shoulder to shoulder on their grand tour across the south of England.“
Formerly known as Soldier Ride, BLESMA has run the event in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project in the US for three years now.
The bike ride is fully risk assessed and will have medical cover. It will be supported by motorbike marshals and have adapted coaches to drive cyclists between locations. The accommodation is fully equipped for the needs of the participants.
BLESMA – The Limbless Veterans is the national charity for all limbless service men and women, their widows and dependants. It was formed in the years following the First World War and became a national charity in 1932.
For more information on SR UK, please visit www.blesma.org/SR_2013
this was defiantly a good idea to start this blog since it just seems she taking a more humanitarian/patron role of late. I think should she keep achieving this role if she wants it and she shouldn’t listen to the press/public. It’s not like she lives off the british tax payers. she doesn’t cost british civilians anything when she attends a charity event/engagement.