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The Walking With The Wounded Team Arrives Back in the UK

12.23.13 1:10 PM ET

The British team of wounded veterans who took part in the Virgin Money Allied Challenge to walk to the South Pole on behalf of the charity Walking With The Wounded arrived back on British soil today, several days behind schedule but still in time for Christmas.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23:  Walking with the Wounded team member Duncan Slater is embraced by his daughter Lilly on his return to London Heathrow's terminal 3 on December 23, 2013 in London, England. The South Pole allied expedition comprised of three international teams made up of wounded servicemen and women from the UK, the US and the Commonwealth (Australia and Canada) trekking across 335km of the Antarctic Plateau to reach the South Pole in 16 days.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Duncan Slater is embraced by his daughter Lilly

Prince Harry was not with them, as, not wishing to steal the limelight, he flew back quietly yesterday.

The British squad landed at Heathrow shortly before 10am local time today after completing a remarkable trek to the South Pole. The trip was bedevilled by atrocious conditions and was completed against the odds, although a competitive race element had to be abandoned as some of the teams started to pick up injuries.

The teams had been due to get back last week but were continuously delayed by bad weather.