Flag, photos mark centenary of UK South Pole trip

October 11, 2011 - 2:20 PM
CORRECTION Britain Scott Flag

CORRECTS LOCATION TO SOUTH POLE The Royal Collection's Exhibitions Co-ordinator Stephen Weber, from Texas in the U.S., poses for photographs with the Union Flag which the late explorer Captain Scott carried on his ill-fated expedition backdropped by a bust of King George V at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace in London, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. The flag, was found with Scott's body in November 1912 after his party of explorers perished as they returned home after arriving at the South Pole to find Roald Amundsen's Norwegian team had beaten them in the race to the Pole by a month. The flag is due to appear in an exhibition to mark the centenary of the race to the Pole, which opens to the public on October 21. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — Dramatic black-and-white photographs, a frost-touched flag and other artifacts are going on display at Buckingham Palace to mark the 100th anniversary of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole.

Scott is an icon of the heroic age of polar exploration who reached the South Pole in January 1912 only to discover that he'd been narrowly beaten by Norway's Roald Amundsen.

Scott perished with four companions on the trek back to base camp. His stoicism in the face of doom burnished his stature as a national hero.

Photographs from the expedition are being shown at the palace on Oct. 21 along with other artifacts, including a Union Jack flown at the South Pole and later found with Scott's body.

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