Royal Central has covered several upcoming events in the run up to the 2016 Invictus games, which begins in a little over a week’s time. But Prince Harry’s journey doesn’t start with the Orlando Games. He’ll travel to Toronto on May 2nd to officially open the countdown for the 2017 Invictus games to be held there next September.
The Prince will attend three events in Toronto to mark the official launch of the next Invictus games to take place from 26-30 September. Next year’s games will include 600 athletes from 16 countries competing in 12 sporting competitions.
Prince Harry will attend the launch event at the Royal York Hotel where he’ll be joined by dignitaries and the Canadian Invictus team to welcome in the 2017 games whilst continuing to celebrate their legacy in Canada. The Prince will be one of the speakers at this event.
Next on this leg of his journey will see His Royal Highness watching a sledging hockey match demonstration at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre by the Canadian national team of this event which will be introduced in next year’s games. He will meet members of the teams participating in the match, give short remarks to the audience and participate by dropping the puck.
The final event for this first day will see the Prince attend an afternoon reception at the offices of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Here he will meet organisers and supporters of next year’s games.
Prince Harry will then fly to Florida to first participate in the Sentebale Royal Salute Polo Cup on May 4th at the Valiente Polo Farm in Wellington. The match is to raise funds for his charity Sentebale which works to support vulnerable children and young people living with HIV in Lesotho and southern Africa.
Finally, he will travel to Orlando for the Invictus Games from May 5-13. He will spend much of his time there meeting competitors and their families from the 14 competing nations and watching all the sporting events. He will also present speeches at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the games.
Along with attending the games themselves, the Prince is also set to attend engagements connected to the games to showcase the vital work being done by US and UK-based organisations to assist wounded or ill service men and women. One event is a symposium on invisible wounds which is sponsored by the George W. Bush Institute. Prince Harry, along with former President Bush and competitors from the UK and US will discuss the transitions of veterans and their families to civilian life. However, the main focus of the symposium is creating awareness on the invisible wounds of war such as Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress and other psychological health conditions.
There will also be an engagement for the Royal Foundation’s Endeavour Fund hosted by the American Friends of the Royal Foundation and an Invictus Games Reception.