Japanese Junko Tabei (2nd R), the first woman to climb the summit of Mt Everest, receives a felicitation plate as Sir Edmund Hillary (L) applauses during an award ceremony in Kathmandu, 27 May 2003 during the Golden Jubilee celebrations marking the first conquest of the world's loftiest peak by Edmund Hillary on May 29, 1953. Tens of thousands of Nepalese lined the streets of Kathmandu to cheer a festive procession of some 400 conquerors of Everest from 48 countries. AFP PHOTO/Kazuhiro NOGI
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HRH Prince Charles (C) speaks to mountaineer Sir Edmond Hillary (L) and New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark (R) during a reception at the Aotea Centre on March 9, 2005 in Auckland, New Zealand.
Nepal. An informal portrait of Sir Edmund Hillary seated in front of a tent.
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Sir Edmund Hillary gives a press-conference after he was decorated by Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski with a Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw 17 June 2004. Edmund Hillary was the first man too reach the peak of Mont Everest on 29 May 1953. AFP PHOTO WOJTEK RADWANSKI
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Sir Edmund Hillary at his old school, Tuakau Primary. Sir Edmund was at the school for the launch of the online learning adventure 'The Hillary Challenge'.
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New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary (2nd R) is commended for his first successful climbing of Mt Everest by Nepali Prime Minister Lokenddra Bahadur Chand (R) in Kathmandu, 29 May 2003 as Hillary's wife June (L) looks on during the Golden Jubilee celebrations. The Mt. Everest Golden Jubilee Celebrations have been going all week, climaxing today to commemorate the first successful climbing of Mt Everest by Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay on 29 May 1953. AFP PHOTO/Kazuhiro NOGI
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Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first two men to climb Mount Everest, laughs at a press conference regarding the 50th anniversary of his ascent of the world's highest mountain May 28, 2003 at the British Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay climbed the 29,035-foot Everest summit on May 29, 1953. This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest.