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Prince Harry will march with the penguins later this year — he might even celebrate Christmas with them!

Harry announced today that he'll be heading to Antarctica as part of the 2013 South Pole Allied Challenge — a "race" to the South Pole. According to People, he'll join three teams of wounded veterans, alongside the charity Walking With The Wounded. In the challenge, veterans from the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia will ski across 208 miles of terrain for up to 20 hours a day.

"We are not allowed to officially call it a race, but I think we all know what will happen," Harry said. "These men and women have given their all in the cause of freedom. That they should once again step into the breach, this time facing down the extreme mental and physical challenges of trekking to the South Pole just underlines their remarkable qualities. Toughness of mind; an unquenchable spirit that refuses to say 'I am beaten'."  

The group will leave for Cape Town, South Africa in November, and the plan is to have the veterans standing at the pole in time for Christmas.

It sounds like a blast — although freezing cold, of course, and potentially dangerous. Still ... it's an adventure! Do you think Prince William is jealous?

Source: People