Sundi Rose
April 23, 2017 9:58 am

The royals really do know how to stay in touch with their people. Because Prince Harry, Prince William, and Kate Middleton went to the London Marathon, and they did more than just watch. The race supported their charity, Heads Together, which aims to change the conversation about mental health.

While runners finished up the 26-mile race, Kate, William, and Harry handed out water bottles and encouragement.

And a few hugs along the way.

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They were also there to ring the klaxon to get the race started.

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And after the race, they handed out medals, congratulations, and hugs to the finishers.  William was even spotted getting a bit of a squirt as runners passed by them on the way to the finish line!

The three royals encouraged runners throughout the course. You can see them taking turns waving the big giant foam fingers.

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As runners recognized who was in the crowd, People reports that athletes did double takes and shouted greetings as they ran by.

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When the race was over, you can see the royals mixing it up with the runners and crowds alike.

Proceeds from the London Marathon go to support Heads Together. Furthermore, the organization:

The marathon comes on the heels of a candid conversation between the three of them. During a live Facebook chat,  Harry and William opened up to Kate about their struggles with mental health following their mother’s death.

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