French Republican Guards, working on Tour de France security, pose for a family picture in front of the city hall of Leeds, northern England, on July 4, 2014
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Tour de France: Crowds gather in Leeds for start

5 July 2014 Last updated at 07:11 BST

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will officially open the Tour de France when it begins in Yorkshire later.

Almost 200 riders will be given a royal send-off when they leave Leeds Town Hall and will be greeted by a Red Arrows fly-past when they reach Harewood House.

Up to two million people are due to line the route with many roads closed around the country.

Chris Eakin reports.

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