Prince Harry announces 5th Invictus Games to be held in the Netherlands
The founder and patron of the Invictus Games, Prince Harry, announced that the games will be held in the Netherlands in 2020.
The Duck of Sussex took to Twitter to announce the hosts on June 4, 2018.
Prince Harry made the big announcement on social media even as he is enjoying a holiday with his wife, Meghan Markle.
The couple is on their honeymoon, but work seems to be still on his mind. He declared that the fifth Invictus Games will be hosted by the Netherlands in May 2020.
He wrote that The Hague is ready to take up the challenge of hosting the fifth Invictus Games after two years.
"I am delighted to announce that The Hague is taking up the challenge of hosting the 5th #InvictusGames. The city will soon become the motivation for hundreds of servicemen and women using the Games to inspire their recovery from physical and mental injuries."– The Duke of Sussex pic.twitter.com/5EjNAHA9TQ— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) June 4, 2018
‘The city will soon become the motivation for hundreds of servicemen and women using the Invictus Games to inspire their recovery from physical and mental injuries.’
Prince Harry, Twitter, June 4, 2018.
Harry, who is sixth in line to the British throne, will travel to Australia with his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, later this year for 2018 edition of the games.
Sydney will host the Games this year from October 20 to October 28.
"The Netherlands has supported the #InvictusGames from the very beginning, and I know that everyone there will fully get behind and support the soldiers and veterans who have served their countries so bravely." – The Duke of Sussex pic.twitter.com/axDAg7qb3P— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) June 4, 2018
The Royal added that the Dutch have always supported the Games from its inception and that everyone in the country will get behind the soldiers and veterans ‘who have served their countries so bravely.’
The local news outlet, Nederlandse Omroep Stichting, had reported that the Prince would travel to The Netherlands in the first week of June as the founder and patron of the Games.
The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event in which injured, wounded or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part.
The sports include wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and indoor rowing. The first edition of the event took place in March 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, while the 2016 Games were held in May 2016 in Florida.
The 2017 Games were held in Toronto and it was here that Harry and Meghan made their first appearance as a couple, two months before they announced their engagement.
The Prince, who had visited her on the set of her show Suits, also invited her to the opening and closing ceremony of the Games.
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