A new wax figure of Prince Harry has been unveiled at the Madame Tussauds museum in London – in celebration of the royal's 30th birthday this coming Monday. Harry's waxwork is most reflective of his recent career as an Apache Helicopter Pilot and his status as Captain Harry Wales of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps. The figurine is dressed in army combat fatigues and is pictured in a relaxed pose, giving the winning smile that the popular Prince is known for.
Prince Harry holds the rank of captain in the Armed Forces
Donated by the Army Air Corps, Harry's waxwork dons the standard lightweight combat dress, including a pilot's fire retardant, multi terrain, pattern field jacket – featuring Harry's former tactical recognition flash – and trousers with plain green field belt, plus khaki tee shirt and desert boots. The unveiling of Harry's new waxwork comes at a fitting time, as his ambitious project the Invictus Games are due to start on Wednesday. The Paralympic-style sporting event will see injured servicemen and women from different nations compete in nine sports over four days in venues around London.
Prince Harry's wax figure first joined Madame Tussauds in 2006
"Since he was first portrayed in his very early twenties Prince Harry has changed quite a lot," said the museum's PR Manager, Nicole Fenner, of the royal who was first featured at the attraction in 2006.
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Harry's statue was most recently revamped last year ahead of the 208-mile charity trek he undertook to the South Pole. In honour of the gruelling challenge, the fourth-in-line to the throne was featured in his polar gear with lashings of fake snow painted onto his outfit. The new figure, which took four months and £150,000 to create, will remain in the Royal area of the museum, in the familiar company of Harry's father Prince Charles and stepmother the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as Harry's older brother Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince William and Kate's waxworks revampedHer Majesty the Queen, who has been remodelled over 20 times, and The Duke of Edinburgh take centre stage in the area.