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Household Cavalry's Royal member rides away for charity

Published: Friday 24th of October 2008

One of the more famous members of the British Army's Household Cavalry, Prince William, is to embark on a charity motorbike ride across Africa with his younger brother, it has emerged.

Second-in-line to the British throne, 26-year-old William will venture across the continent on a 1,000 mile trek, expected to take over a week, to raise money for his brother's AIDS charity, Sentebale, as well as UNICEF and the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

Speaking of the forthcoming adventure, William said: "This is a great way of doing something different. This is a way of raising money and showing support in a much more challenging way."

Harry, his 24-year-old brother who established the charity in 2006 in honour of their late mother Princess Diana, who was an active AIDS campaigner, added: "It's not just a bimble across the countryside that's for sure. It's going to be very challenging and we're expecting to fall off many a time, every day."

Reports say the brothers have made a bet as to who will fall off their motorbike the most during the gruelling journey.

'Sentebale' means 'Forget me not' in the official language of sub-Saharan African nation of Lesotho, where almost 25 per cent of the population are infected with HIV/AIDS.

The Household Cavalry is one of the most famous military corps in the British Army and its history is celebrated at the Household Cavalry Museum in London's Whitehall.

LondonPass holders can gain free access to the attraction, saving £6 for adults and £4 for children.

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