Flag, photos mark centenary of UK South Pole trip

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Posted: Oct 11, 2011 2:19 PM
Flag, photos mark centenary of UK South Pole trip

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.

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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.