The Royal House of the Netherlands announced yesterday that Princess Margriet, a younger sister to Princess Beatrix – the former Queen of the Netherlands – and aunt to King Willem-Alexander, had been appointed an honorary chairman of the Recommendation Committee of the Invictus Games The Hague 2020.
The Princess will also be in attendance on 6 May at the official kick-off meeting for Invictus 2020 in The Hague. The meeting is taking place precisely one year from the official start to the games.
There, she will meet and speak to members of the Dutch team and learn about the plans for the event and the progress being made, as well as a tour of Zuiderpark with demonstrations of sports from the Invictus Games.
While nothing has been confirmed this far out, it is expected that several members of the Dutch Royal Family will attend the Invictus Games next year alongside the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Last year, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark attended the Invictus Australia Games to show support for the Danish athletes.
The 2020 Invictus Games will be held in Zuiderpark in The Hague, the Netherlands featuring 19 countries and nine events from 9 May to 16 May 2020.
The announcement of the 2020 Invictus Games was made in June 2018 with the Duke of Sussex saying, “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.”
You can read more about the 2020 event here.
The Invictus Games were an initiative of Prince Harry to honour wounded servicemen and servicewomen across the world. The first event took place in London in 2014.
Orlando, Florida, hosted the event in 2016 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; the following year, the Invictus Games were held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 2018, the games went Down Under to compete in Sydney.