TWO former soldiers made their grand departure from Buckingham Palace on Friday 1 August as they set off on a record-breaking motorcycle charity trek to 26 European Union capital cities.

Travelling as far afield as Helsinki, Bucharest and Athens, Harry Glover and Pete Bray will cover a distance of 15,000 miles (24,140km) under the banner of Triumph over Tragedy.

The intrepid pair, of 4/73 Special OP Battery and 22 SAS respectively, will be riding to raise awareness and funds for Armed Forces charities BLESMA and Soldiers off the Street, along with the Alder Hey Children’s Charity.

Harry said: “We are both such huge fans of the work done by each of our chosen charities, which all work towards giving people a second chance at life.

“Each charity has saved countless lives, and performs incredible feats on a daily basis, which is why we are doing all we can to support those who help others.”

Harry and Pete reached Paris on Saturday (2 August), before heading towards Brussels and Amsterdam.

The initiative also takes on a more personal note for Harry, whose young daughter will undergo life-changing surgery in the autumn with the support of Alder Hey.

As former Servicemen, both riders have first-hand experience of the dangers of combat and the struggles that soldiers can face when they return.

Harry explained: “We want to support the unsung heroes who have given so much to help to so many people.”

To find out more or to sponsor the pair, visit or follow them on Twitter @TriumphTragedy