Poetry, Music, and Tributes: Invictus Games Officially Open in London

London Buckingham PalaceAfter months of planning and preparation, Prince Harry has launched and hosted the Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and women at the Olympic Park in London.

Let the Games Begin

The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke of Cambridge joined Prince Harry at a glittering opening ceremony.

“Over the next four days we will see some truly remarkable achievements,” he said in a crowd of 6,500. “For some of those taking part this will be a stepping stone to elite sport. But for others, it will mark the end of a chapter in their recovery and the beginning of a new one. Either way, you can be sure that everyone who takes part on the track, pool or field of play will be giving it their all. And I have no doubt that lives will be changed this weekend.”

Meet the Heroes

The event aims to pay tribute to the bravery of hundreds of competitors, which will take part in sports over the next four days.

The opening ceremony featured Hollywood star Idris Elba, who read the poem Invictus before the teams emerged to cheers from the crowd.

The countries sending teams include the US, Canada, France, Italy, Australia, and many more.