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28th Apr 2024

Prince Harry to return to UK for Invictus Games ceremony

Luke Davies

It’s been ten years since the first Invictus Games.

Prince Harry is set to appear at the Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday, May 8.

The event will be the first time Harry has returned to the UK since visiting King Charles after his cancer diagnosis in February.

It is still unclear if any other members of the Royal Family will be in attendance or whether the couple’s children will be present.

Harry has been a huge supporter of the games since its inception in 2014.

He is expected to make a reading.

The games were set up as an event for injured or sick service personnel and veterans.

At the launch of the games, 10 years ago, Harry said: “I am extremely proud that we are bringing an event like this to the UK for the first time and believe it can have a long-lasting impact on the well-being of those who have served their nations so bravely.”

The games are close to Harry’s heart having served in the armed forces himself. The Royal website features a statement on the games: “Prince Harry is committed to ensuring that wounded servicemen and women, who have given so much for their country, should be given the respect and support they deserve to lead fulfilling lives post-recovery.”

Since the inaugural event in London, a plethora of cities have played host; Orlando, Toronto, Sydney, The Hague and Dusseldorf have boasted host status. Vancouver is set to host the 2025 edition.

The Invictus Games Foundation is the owner of the brand and decides who the host will be.

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