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Prince Harry, Meghan launches Invictus Games in Sydney



SYDNEY – Prince Harry began the fourth Invictus game on Saturday, saying to veterans, "Let the example of service and determination you see will be something big or small in your life In a speech at the opening ceremony in front of the Sydney Opera House, Harry said the participants had made the Games "a symbol of … honor and optimism for a new generation," BBC News reports.

Harry launched the Invictus Games in 201

4 for injured warriors. Harry and Meghan debuted as a couple at the Invictus Games 2017 in Toronto.

Prior to Harry's speech, Kensington Palace tweeted a photo rehearsing for an audience of one: Meghan.

"I was so proud to introduce my wife and we were so happy to celebrate the personal joy of our latest addition to you all," Harry said in his speech.

  The British Prince Harry speaks during the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney

The British Prince Harry speaks during the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, October 20, 2018. [19659008] PHIL NOBLE / REUTERS

A so far joyful debut Royal Tour by the couple, supported by news that they are expecting their first baby became solemn, as the Duke of Sussex opened a long-awaited one Extension to Anzac Memorial in downtown Sydney Hyde Park on Saturday morning.

The former captain of the British Army and his wife laid a wreath of Australian native flowers on the steps of the memorial, as Prime Minister Scott Morrison watched, other dignitaries and ministry men and women.

Harry and Meghan were then led on a tour of the newly reconstructed shrine opened in 1934 by Harry's great-great-uncle, Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester, but due to a shortage of funds during that time, the Great Depression remained incomplete. A $ 40 million ($ 28.4 million) project has finally realized the original design of the memorial.

In a handwritten note attached to the wreath, Harry wrote: "In memory of those who paid the highest sacrifice and recognized the men and women for whom the scars exist."

In the tropical clothing of his regiment, the Blues and Royals, Harry unveiled a commemorative plaque pointing out that the expansion was "opened by a grandson of the Queen."

  British Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney

British Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the opening ceremony by the Invictus Games at the Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia, October 20, 2018.

PHIL NOBLE / REUTERS

The phrase was an allusion to the original plaque that Prince Henry unveiled 84 years ago, indicating that the monument was opened "by the son of a king".

Harry saluted as the last post sounded over Hyde Park, while Meghan stood next to him in a long black dress by New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead.

Later, the royal couple visited the Cockatoo Island of Sydney Harbor, where Harry delighted some children by playing them with remote-controlled cars. The couple visited the island to see an Invictus Games event – the Land Rover Driving Challenge.

Harry officially opened the Games in a ceremony in the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, which was postponed by an hour after the city was struck by a late afternoon thunderstorm.

The Invictus Games, Harry's idea and focus of this tour, was founded in 2014 by the Prince. The event offers sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball and to be inspired.

Harry and Meghan will also visit Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand during their 16-day tour.

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