The photo, showing the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (76 and 74 respectively), was shared on the Royal Family’s official twitter page on Monday. The tweet reads “The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron, is taking part in @ProstateUK’s #MarchTheMonth challenge!
“HRH – supported by her walking partner, The Duke of Gloucester – will complete 11,000 daily steps this month, representing the 11,000 men who die from prostate cancer every year.”
The accompanying photo shows the Duke and Duchess, wrapped up in a fleece and coat, walking on a small footpath in the sunshine surrounded by trees.
The viral lockdown challenge “#MarchThe Month” challenges people to walk 11,000 steps every day for a month with the aim of raising awareness and money for research in the hope of one day beating prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in the UK.
The challenge is virtual meaning everyone can get involved. Prostate Cancer UK said you can take on the challenge alone or in a team and track your progress using JustGiving’s fitness tracker.
They add that the challenge represents “more than 11,000 dads, partners, grandads, sons, brothers, uncles and mates who die from prostate cancer every year”
The Prostate Cancer UK website shares the personal story of Paul who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018.
He told the charity “I want men to be aware of their risks of the disease and to speak to their GP if they have any concerns – sooner rather than later.”
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The prince has been involved with many charities over the years including the Construction Youth Trust and frequently visits their projects.