A smiling Prince Harry poses with volunteers at the start of the Invictus Games in Germany, a day after paying tribute to the late Queen.
Prince Harry was photographed for the first time at the Invictus Games in Germany.
The former royal, who founded the sporting event for wounded and injured service members, posed for a photo with volunteers just a day after attending a private memorial for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The Duke of Sussex, who took a whirlwind solo trip to the UK without his wife and children, was spotted leaving St George’s Chapel in Windsor at lunchtime yesterday.
The fifth in line to the throne was photographed paying respects to the Queen by a tourist during a shock secret visit to the church, where the late monarch was laid to rest.
He then flew last night to Düsseldorf in Germany for the opening ceremony of his Invictus Games.
A smiling Prince Harry (centre) poses with volunteers at the start of the Invictus Games in Germany
Prince Harry left St George’s Chapel in Windsor yesterday lunchtime to mark the first anniversary of the Queen’s death. Her Majesty is buried there alongside her husband Prince Philip
The Duke has booked a £2,000 overnight suite with stunning views of the Rhine and will be joined later at the luxury residence next week by his wife Meghan.
The spacious suite on the 17th floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Düsseldorf will be their base for the next eight days.
Tonight he will kick off the sporting event for injured and disabled military veterans and attend the week-long event, joining in to cheer competitors in events including archery, swimming and rugby in a wheelchair.
More than 500 competitors from 21 countries take part in the games sponsored by the American company Boeing.
Organizers expect up to 100,000 people to attend the games which will close with a speech from Prince Harry and a set of six songs from singer Rita Ora.
Teams from around the world all arrived in Düsseldorf and were greeted at the airport by the Games mascot, a brown bear named Buddy.
The British team, their friends and family flew from Birmingham on an RAF transport aircraft. Among the 59 members, 15 are still serving in the army while the rest are retired.
Prince Harry arrived at the five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dusseldorf yesterday before launching the 2023 Invictus Games today.
Team GB captain, Lieutenant Commander James Rogers, said: “Whether we are veterans or still serving, we are one team heading into the Games and I am immensely proud of everything that everyone has accomplished in this process. It brought a sense of camaraderie and enthusiasm, as well as notable physical and mental health benefits.
On Thursday, Harry celebrated the achievements and resilience of seriously ill young people and families supported by WellChild, a charity of which he has been a patron for 15 years.