The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry have sent a message of congratulations to the Olympians of Team Great Britain after their impressive and record-breaking showing at the Rio 2016 Summer Games.
The message, issued from Kensington Palace reads in full:
“Congratulations to Team GB on your record-breaking success at Rio 2016.
We have really enjoyed following your achievements across such a wide variety of sports during the last two weeks. London 2012 was a hard act to follow, but you have made the entire country proud of everything you have accomplished.
You should arrive home knowing that you have delighted millions of people across the Home Nations, many of whom have stayed up late, night after night, to share in your celebrations.
We all know that this success does not come easy and is the culmination of years of hard work, passionate commitment, sheer grit and determination. You are an inspiration to us all, young and old.
To everyone associated with Team GB – well done! We hope you have all enjoyed the experience as much as we have back home.”
Team Great Britain performed admirably at the Rio Games, winning 67 medals and coming in second in total medal count, with 27 gold medal, 23 silver medals, and 17 bronze medals. Notable wins include repeats for Andy Murray in Men’s Singles Tennis and Mo Farrah in KM marathon.
The trio were frequently spotted in the stands at the London 2012 Olympic Games, attending the opening ceremony, and events for aquatics, equestrian (where their cousin Zara Tindall was a medalist), cycling, and gymnastics. The Duchess presented medals for the discus throw at the Paralympic Games later that summer.
The Olympians on Team Great Britain – both Olympic and Paralympic teams – will be celebrated later in the summer at receptions in London and Manchester.