Although the Invictus Games Opening Ceremony happened on Wednesday evening, Prince Harry was well underway with his Invictus duties on Tuesday 9th September as he attended the Jaguar Land Rover Invictus Games Driving Challenge.
The Prince was at the JLR Driving and Engineering Centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire for what was called the curtain raiser of the entire competition. The challenge saw teams from 11 of the competing nations take part in an all terrain and tarmac competition as they were judged on driving and navigation skills.
At the conclusion of the competition, Harry was on hand to do a bit of medal presenting awarding the first of the inaugural Invictus Games. Though it wasn’t just medal presenting that Harry got up to while he was at JLR as he also took to the tracks himself, taking part in an exhibition lap.
After accomplishing his own driving challenge, His Royal Highness went on to meet some ex service personnel who have now moved on from the military and are working at Jaguar Land Rover in Warwickshire. Harry also met JLR Chief who was full of praise for the impending Invictus Games that JLR are the main sponsors of.
The event was held ahead of the official launch of the Invictus Games, with the Opening Ceremony happening on Wednesday and the main bulk of the sports beginning on Thursday. The games will see around 400 competitors from 13 nations compete in nine adaptive sports, adaptive because the games are only for injured, sick and wounded servicemen and women.
Though Prince Harry handed out gold, silver and bronze medals to Australia, Germany and Holland respectively one question that Harry was repeatedly asked was about his upcoming milestone 30th birthday. The Prince jokingly admitted that he was “slowly starting to feel old” but “I think I am always young at heart”.
Prince Harry will be attending the majority of the events that the Invictus Games will be holding.
Photo Credit: Invictus Games 2014