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Cycling: Buckingham Palace finale for British Tour stages

Published on Jul 7, 2014 7:06 PM

SHEFFIELD (AFP) - Having begun with a royal welcome in Yorkshire, cycling's Tour de France is set for a similarly prestigious send-off from Britain on Monday.

The third stage of the world's most famous bicycle race will end in front of Queen Elizabeth II's official residence Buckingham Palace.

Prince William and his wife Catherine were on hand to preside over the Grand Boucle's official opening ceremony at Harewood House just outside Leeds on Saturday, with Prince Harry also among the dignitaries.

Monday's royal reception will cap a hugely successful three days in Britain for the Tour, marked by huge, enthusiastic, and at times overzealous, crowds on the roads around Yorkshire.

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