Prince William, Kate and Prince Harry greet Olympic torch at Buckingham Palace

Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry are joined by children from the Team Britain Ambition Program as they watch Wai Ming hand over the London 2012 Olympic Torch to John Hulse during a visit to Buckingham Palace in London, on Day 69 of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay on Thursday, July 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Ian West, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT; NO SALES; NO ARCHIVE Ian West

Prince William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry watch Wai Ming hand over the London 2012 Olympic Torch to John Hulse during a visit to Buckingham Palace in London, on July 26, 2012.
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(CBS News) The Olympic flame got a royal reception on Thursday as it makes its way through London ahead of the start of the Summer Games.

Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, greeted the torch at Buckingham Palace on the second-to-last day of its journey around the United Kingdom. (See another photo below.)

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The young royals were on hand as the flame was passed from one torch bearer to another during a visit to the palace.

The torch was carried past a number of famous London landmarks on Thursday, including the Houses of Parliament, Hyde Park  and 10 Downing Street. It will end its 70-day trek on Friday, lighting the cauldron at the Olympic Stadium to mark the start of the London Games.

Earlier in the day, William, Kate and Harry showed their athletic sides during the launch for the "Coach Core" program, a partnership between their foundation and the sports charity Greenhouse. There, Kate tried her hand at table tennis, Harry played some basketball and William tried (and reportedly failed) to shoot a soccer goal.

The three are ambassadors for Britain's Olympic and Paralympic teams, and will attend a number of events during the course of the London Games. They are among the royals expected to attend Friday's opening ceremony, along with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

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