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Prince Harry Just Announced the Location for the 2020 Invictus Games

Plus, everything you need to know about the international competition for veterans and wounded servicemen and women.
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Prince Harry interrupted his newlywed bliss today to make a very important announcement about the Invictus Games. In a video released on Twitter, the Duke of Sussex revealed that the 2020 games will be held in The Hague, in the Netherlands in 2020.



“I am delighted to announce that The Hague is taking up the challenge of hosting the fifth Invictus Games in 2020," Harry said in a statement."

Here's everything you need to know about the royal passion project.

THE ORIGIN STORY

Back in 2013, Prince Harry visited the Warrior Games, a competition for wounded servicemen organized by the U.S. Department of Defense, and was so inspired by the organization that he "stole" (his words) the idea and brought it back to the UK. "He saw how the power of sport could help physically, psychologically and socially," reads the Invictus Games website. "His mind was made up. London would host the inaugural Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel."

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Just one year later, the first Invictus Games took place in London.


Prince Harry poses with British athlete David Henson after he won the gold medal in the 200-meter men ambulant.

PRINCE HARRY'S INVOLVEMENT

Following that inaugural event in 2014, Prince Harry has remained involved with Invictus, serving as patron of the Invictus Games Foundation. He has attended every games so far, and plans to be in Toronto later this September. Here's his message to the men and women competing in Invictus Toronto:

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Harry tries on Team USA member Elizabeth Marks's jersey during the Invictus Games Orlando in 2016.

THE WORD INVICTUS MEANS "UNCONQUERED."

The Games draw inspiration from the short poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley, who was an amputee himself. (Read it in full here.)

"It embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post injury," reads the Games' website.

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"The Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country."

THE COMPETITION

In total, 550 competitors from 17 nations, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Romania, and the Ukraine will compete in the 2017 Invictus Games. Events, which will take place from September 23 – 30, will include twelve adaptive sports such as archery, cycling, power lifting, and wheelchair basketball. (See a full list here.)

THE RIVALRY

Over the past few Games, a friendly rivalry has grown between the U.S. and the U.K., which culminated with the royal family and then-First Lady and President Obama sending barbs back and forth via video, like the one below featuring the Queen. We'll see if the Trumps carry on the tradition.

HOW CAN YOU GET TICKETS?

Tickets for the 2017 Games are on-sale now, and some events, like Archery and Wheelchair Tennis are even free. Find out more here.

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WHAT'S NEXT?

The 2018 Games will take place in Sydney, Australia from October 20 through October 27, and will once again feature over 500 competitors from 17 nations. Events in 10 different sports will take place across the Australian city. For more information specifically about the Sydney games, visit their website, invictusgames2018.org.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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