Five year old Isabelle Nixon got an unexpected lift from Prince Harry yesterday, and was carried on his shoulders at the Invictus Games closing ceremony.
Isabelle’s father, Adam, participated in Harry’s inaugural Invictus Games, after losing a leg serving in Iraq, and began playing wheelchair basketball with a local team. The Royal encounter came after Mr Nixon captained the UK wheelchair basketball team to a gold medal during the Games against the USA: “It was phenomenal,” Adam Nixon said of the team’s success.
The Nixon family were there for the Closing Ceremony, after at which the Foo Fighters performed and during the ceremony, the youngster was pictured atop the Prince’s shoulders, wearing ear defenders.
Harry gave Isabelle a hug earlier on in the evening, and the 5-year-old was recognised by him a little later on in the night, explained Mr Nixon to the Hereford Times. Harry simply picked her up and put her on his shoulders, strolling through the crowds – ‘surreal’ was how Adam described it.
Taryn Nixon, the youngster’s mother, said her daughter now felt like a Princess after her encounter with Harry, who looked more than comfortable with Isabelle. The Prince is known to be great with kids, no doubt his experience with young nephew Prince George has only enhanced these skills.
He has also been pictured with brother William, holding a baby wearing an ‘I AM THE INVICTUS BABY’ T-shirt. Harry successfully organised and hosted the Games in London, and has shown the world what an asset he is to The Royal Family and his dedication and passion for the causes he champions.
Photo Credit: Invictus Games 2014