The Duke of Sussex sent a special message on Saturday to mark what would have been the opening ceremony of the 2020 Invictus Games.
The Invictus Games, which is dedicated to rehabilitating sick and injured army veterans was supposed to take place in May this year in The Hague, but due to the coronavirus, will now only take place in May/June of 2021.
In the video shared on the foundation's Twitter account, Prince Harry shared his best wishes to supporters and competitors and outlined plans this week for a virtual conference.
"Hello everybody. As we commemorate VE Day this weekend and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, we should also have been gathering together in the Netherlands to kick start The Invictus Games 2020 in The Hague," Prince Harry said in a video message from Los Angeles.
"Life has changed dramatically for all of us since I was last in The Hague, but the IG2020 team has done an incredible job to adapt so quickly to the situation, and they are busy putting plans in place for next year. The new dates will be shared with you very soon," he added.
Harry then shared some highlights for the week ahead: "Throughout this week we will be seeing and hearing from many Invictus competitors; their experience and resilience in dealing with mental health challenges is something we could all learn lessons from.
"The same could obviously be said for our incredible health care professionals working so hard to keep us all safe. Alongside all the virtual activity from the team in The Hague, I'm delighted that The Invictus Games Foundation will be hosting a virtual conference with international speakers and participants."
He ended the message by thanking everyone for their support. "I'm incredibly grateful for your continued support. Stay safe, and this week stay tuned as we bring The Hague home to you."
SEE HARRY'S FULL MESSAGE HERE:
Marking what would have been the Opening Ceremony for the @InvictusGamesNL, our Patron The Duke of Sussex shares his best wishes to supporters and competitors, and outlines plans this week to bring The Hague home to you: pic.twitter.com/HLRnzCk9cu— Invictus Games Foundation (@WeAreInvictus) May 9, 2020
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