The Duke of Sussex shared his "personal joy" of soon becoming a father and hailed the "Invictus family" as a symbol of strength, honor and optimism when he opened the competition to crowds of fans today.
Prince Harry and Meghan, who wore a dress by Stella McCartney and a coat by Gillian Anderson for Winser London, saw artists and dancers take the stage at the Sydney Opera House during the brilliant opening ceremony.
A band with bagpipes performed an interpretation of You & # 39; re the Voice by John Farnham, acclaimed as the unofficial national anthem of Australia, while competitors from all over the world entered the iconic venue.
The royal couple was greeted by a crowd of fans before Harry took the stage to praise the "disinterested duty" of the athletes participating in the contest, which he launched in 2014.
Just a few hours before, Harry and Meghan were seen enjoying a rare moment of solitude while the Duke practiced his speech for the fourth Games in the empty space.
During the speech, Harry said: "First of all, thank you for the welcome you have given Meghan and me in the last days.
"I was very proud to introduce you to my wife and we are happy to celebrate the personal joy of our new incorporation with all of you."
Meghan of support took a front row seat to see her husband of five months take the stage during his Official 16-day autumn tour. They are visiting cities in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.
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Indigenous Australians dazzle hundreds of athletes with their dance performance at the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games
Indigenous Australians wearing boomerangs perform during the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games
The dancer performed a dazzling performance at the Sydney Opera House while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex watched
An impressive display of fire at the Sydney Opera House, where Prince Harry will address crowds during today's opening ceremony.
Prince Harry whispers in Meghan's ear during the brilliant opening ceremony in Sydney, attended by hundreds of athletes and their families.
The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex watch the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games, which was delayed after a thunderstorm in Sydney
& # 39; Strength, honor & optimism & # 39 ;: Prince Harry praised the athletes who participated in the Invictus Games during his speech
"They reminded us all of what disinterested duty really looks like:" Prince Harry spoke at the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games
Prince Harry was applauded throughout his speech to open the Invictus Games, which he founded in 2014
Prince Harry addresses 500 athletes and their supporters at the Sydney Opera House during the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games
A band with bagpipes performed an interpretation of You & # 39; re the Voice by John Farnham, acclaimed as Australia's unofficial national anthem, while competitors entered the Sydney Opera House.
A musician plays during the opening ceremony at the Sydney Opera House, while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex observe
Some 500 competitors, who participate in 13 sports, and more than 1,000 of their friends and family gathered to watch the Invictus Games.
Harry's speech continued: & # 39; A new generation – the Invictus generation – is defining what it means to serve. And we are all taking note.
& # 39; The Invictus generation has chosen to serve their countries in complex and dangerous conflicts, and all too often this dedication is not recognized.
"They have reminded us all of how disinterested duty is seen.
With the help of medical science, the Invictus generation not only survived the injuries that in past conflicts would have been fatal, but also chose to defend themselves from the darkest places to be here tonight. They have shown us the true meaning of resilience.
"When they have been open about their hidden mental and emotional wounds, the Invictus generation has shown us that in today's world being tough means being honest about how we feel, both inside and out."
Artists performing a dance during the opening ceremony, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took their seats among hundreds of Invictus Games competitors
Laura Wright performs on stage during the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Sydney, attended by hundreds of athletes
Meghan applauds and laughs as she watches the artists perform at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games at the Sydney Opera House
The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex take their seats at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games at the Sydney Opera House
Meghan and Harry stare at each other as they wait patiently for the luxurious ceremony to begin at the Sydney Opera House, where the Duke will address hundreds of people in a speech.
Kate Ceberano and Ian Moss singing at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in Sydney, which was delayed by a thunderstorm
Athletes from the United Kingdom arrive at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games at the Sydney Opera House
The athletes of the United Kingdom greet and smile when they arrive at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games at the Sydney Opera House
Competitive spirit: Australian athletes wearing green neon paint come to the Invictus Games with a banner designed with a kangaroo in boxing gloves
The Governor-General of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, speaks during the opening ceremony at the Sydney Opera House
The official flag of the Invictus Games is raised during the opening ceremony at the Sydney Opera House
Prince Harry meets the guests at a reception at the Sydney Opera House before the opening ceremony, where he gave a passionate speech to the crowd.
The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Sydney Opera House before the brilliant ceremony attended by hundreds of athletes
Meghan, followed closely by her husband for five months, is presented to a guest of the Invictus Games at the Sydney Opera House.
Broadcasting: The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex smile broadly as they arrive for the glittering ceremony at the iconic Sydney Opera House
Harry and Meghan chat with the guests of Invictus Games in Sydney before taking a seat to watch the spectacular opening ceremony.
The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex surrounded by admirers at a reception before the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games today
The Prince added: "Our Invictus family has become a symbol of strength, honor and optimism for a new generation."
The Duke of Sussex told the crowd that the Invictus Games highlights how we should "support our peers, serve our communities and respect those closest to us and those whose stories we will never know."
He continued: "We have learned to reject pessimism and cynicism. We have let ourselves be inspired. And we have shared in moments of hope, joy and triumph that have served as an antidote to the narrative of division and despair that we often allow to define our era.
You are the undefeated generation. You are the optimistic generation. You are the role models for all of us. And you're going to make a great show next week.
Meghan Markle dazzled at the reception of Invictus Games before the opening ceremony of the competition at the Sydney Opera House
The Duchess of Sussex wore a pair of silver earrings and swept her black locks from her face in a low bow for the lavish ceremony.
Competitors wait for the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games at the Sydney Opera House. It was delayed by a thunderstorm.
Ready to go: competitors gather to see Prince Harry give a speech to hundreds of people at the Sydney Opera House during the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games
Prince Harry practicing his opening ceremony of the Invictus ceremony at an empty Sydney Opera House in front of his wife Meghan
Prince Harry shows off his military attire during the couple's first engagement today, the Anzac Memorial service in Hyde Park, and his wife Meghan (right) in a special Invictus Games car race
Harry and Meghan shake hands with competitors at the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge in Sydney today
Prince Harry presents a competitor with a medal in the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge at the Invictus Games in Sydney today.
Meghan and Harry share a joke with Estonian competitors in the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge, the couple's second engagement on the day.
The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex applauded their competitors today at the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge in the Port of Sydney on Cockatoo Island
The couple joined and applauded in their second engagement of the day before the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games at the Sydney Opera House
The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex attended the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge at the Invictus Games in Sydney today.
Prince Harry and Meghan, who are on their official 16-day fall tour, opted for smart, casual attire while witnessing the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge. Both wore polo shirts from the Invictus Games Foundation brand.
Earlier today, the Duke and the Duchess attended the Anzac Memorial service in Hyde Park to pay tribute to the dead of Australia. They were greeted by an Australian Army music band.
Prince Harry wore his military uniform of Blues and Royals, while Mehgan opted for a black midi dress buttoned at the waist.
Then, the two changed their formal attire for a casual style to take a boat through the Sydney Harbor to Cockatoo Island for a special challenge with the Invictus Games.
They took the private ship from the Admiralty House in Kirribilli, where they stayed as guests of the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove.
The royal couple, in their formal attire, at the Anzac Memorial service in Hyde Park today, where they paid tribute to the war dead of Australia in a moving ceremony.
Meghan threw an elegant black and white "Acacia" blazer from Altuzarra, with an approximate value of $ AU2,371 on the top of her shirt, which was combined with the matching "looker" denim jeans from the brand Mother of The Angels.
The Duchess outfitted with Illesteva sunglasses, with an approximate value of $ 240, and completed the outfit with a pair of Tabitha Simmons & # 39; Millie & # 39; heels, which sell for approximately $ 1,033. Harry wore gray pants and brown boots.
The couple traveled to the island to see the challenge of handling the Invictus Games Jaguar Land Rover, the first event of the Games hours before the opening ceremony of the night.
Once on the island they were greeted by their competitors in their racing uniforms, a Polish athlete sitting in a wheelchair while talking to Meghan.
Harry placed a loving hand on his wife's lower back as they walked down the Cockatoo Island jetty to greet the waiting drivers and support staff.
Meghan Markle took a boat through Sydney Harbor to Cockatoo Island with Prince Harry to face a special Invictus Games auto challenge.
The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex took the private boat from Admiralty House in Kirribilli, where they stayed as guests of the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove.
The couple traveled to the island to see the challenge of handling Invictus Games Jaguar Land Rover
The ship carried the royal couple with a considerable entourage, most of whom were also dressed in Invictus clothing.
Harry smiled as the couple walked toward the jetty, hand in hand flanked by large security guards watching them.
The couple changed the formal attire they used to open an extension of the ANZAC War Memorial in Hyde Park on Saturday morning, opting for polo shirts adorned with the Invictus Games
Meghan loosened her hair and became an informal combination of jacket and tight jeans after her perfectly polished ensemble hours before.
Meghan tossed an elegant white jacket over the top of her shirt, which was matched with matching tight jeans and tortoiseshell sunglasses, while Harry wore gray pants and brown boots.
Meghan was outfitted with Illesteva sunglasses, with an approximate value of $ 240, and completed the outfit with a pair of Tabitha Simmons & # 39; Millie & # 39; heels, which sell for approximately $ 1,033. The whole set is worth almost $ 4,000.
Thunderstorms threatened to derail the opening ceremony today when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived to launch the contest.
The technical team was damaged after a thunderstorm in Sydney, where Prince Harry plans to deliver a speech to hundreds of people.
I was a little worried. Fortunately, it looks like the sky is clearing now, "Prince Harry told New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian as they made their way to the Sydney Opera House for the ceremony.
Meghan smiled when the prime minister told the couple: "There are many people waiting to meet you."
The organizers took to Twitter to confirm that the ceremony at the Sydney Opera House would be delayed due to the treacherous climate.
It is forecast that New South Wales will be affected by heavy rain and thunder in the coming hours.
Harry placed a loving hand on his wife's lower back as they walked along the Cockatoo Island jetty to greet the waiting drivers and support staff.
Once on the island they were greeted by competitors with their race uniforms before the first medal event of the Games.
An athlete from Poland, a country that competes in games for the first time, sitting in a wheelchair while he and his partner talked with Meghan.
Harry looked into his element while chatting with others outside the course on Cockatoo Island before the race began.
Harry gives him a rock star thumb as he walks through the Cockatoo Island in Meghan's hand.
Meghan smiles as she watches the action during the final of the car race between Australia and France
Harry helps his wife leave the ship when the two return to Admiralty House after the race to prepare for the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games at the Sydney Opera House.
The beloved couple continued to hold hands after Meghan was safe on the jetty
Justo antes de la ceremonia de apertura, la pareja se unirá a Premier Berejiklian para una cena en el restaurante Bennelong en la Casa de la Ópera de Sydney con el legendario nadador olímpico australiano Ian Thorpe
Desde allí, observaron cómo los autos pasaban por sus pasos en preparación para la carrera que se celebraría poco después, mientras docenas de otros se acercaban a las barreras para tomar fotos de la acción.
Australia se fue a Francia con su equipo de francotirador retirado Craig McGrath, de 45 años, quien fue alcanzado por la metralla en Afganistán en 2012, y el especialista en minas Scott Reynolds, de 39 años, que prestó servicio en Irak en 2003.
Los competidores corrieron a través de tres campos, el primero hizo que se estacionaran rápidamente en rectángulos marcados del tamaño exacto del auto.
Luego tuvieron que pasar por los postes que sobresalían de medio metro de agua en una pista complicada, y correr a través de un curso que fue aleatorizado con luces intermitentes.
La pareja real también se tomó el tiempo para jugar con los coches con control remoto junto a niños de diferentes países que viajaron al evento con los atletas.
Harry parecía tener un barril de diversión conduciendo los carros a través de la hierba desigual hacia un lado del campo, riendo, sonriendo y, a veces, haciendo gestos con los brazos en señal de frustración.
La pareja real también se tomó el tiempo para jugar con los coches con control remoto junto a niños de diferentes países que viajaron al evento con los atletas.
Los niños parecían emocionados de estar compitiendo en los autos con el príncipe, y queriendo ganarle en el juego.
Harry parecía tener un barril de diversión conduciendo los autos a través de la hierba desigual hacia un lado del campo
Él se rió y sonrió, pero a veces hizo un gesto de frustración con los brazos mientras Meghan soltaba una risita a su lado.
Los intentos de Harry de correr autos de control remoto contra los niños fueron una montaña rusa de emociones
Harry laughs as he runs to retrieve a remote control car that got into difficulty on the uneven grass
Harry offered Meghan a turn with the remote but she didn't look particularly enthused about taking him up on it
Meghan looked on with amusement and smiled at the youngsters who were excited to meet the Duke and Duchess, even shaking hands with one as Harry gave him a pat on the head
The couple also presented the children with medals for their participation in the remote control car rally
Meghan looked on with amusement and smiled at the youngsters who were excited to meet the Duke and Duchess, even shaking hands with one as Harry gave him a pat on the head.
The competition turned serious as Harry competed against two boys, one from Australian and another from Holland in a race across a track strewn with rocks and other obstacles.
A chuckling prince enthusiastically pursued the boys' cars with his own calling out 'alright I'm coming, I'll catch you,' while sporting a giant grin.
The Prince was bested by 13-year-old Danyan Jones from Ballina in the NSW Northern Rivers whose father Jamie Tanner, 35, will represent Australia in the wheelchair tennis and rugby events.
Mr Tanner was a soldier in the Australian army who served in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan before he was medically discharged in 2016 with terrible injuries and PTSD.
Danyan bragged about his victory after defeating Harry, who mostly enjoyed himself but looked frustrated at time during the friendly race.
'Harry was good at remote control cars, but I was better – obviously,' Danyan said.
From there they watched the cars go through their paces in preparation for the race to be held soon after, as dozens of others reached over barriers to snap photos of the action.
One car was seen squeezing through posts sticking out of knee-high water on a complicated track that tested the wounded veteran drivers' skill
Another part of the course on Cockatoo Island, with the gorgeous Sydney Harbour including the Bridge and Opera House as a backdrop
Competitors raced through the track in an attempt to win the first medals of the fourth edition of the Invictus Games
Danish athletes cheer on their teammates during the event, waving flags and shouting encouragement from the sidelines
Other athletes and spectators, a few supporting Georgia, applaud from the gallery as the race goes on
The Duchess posed with the silver medal-winning Australian team as they stand on the podium after the race
'Meghan was funny. She was saying 'I'll have a go but I'll crash it over the fence and put it in the water' Harry took the controls and had a great sense of humour about it, too.'
Danyan recalled that another boy's car knocked over both theirs and Harry's, and the child, Aiden, six, only put his own car the right way up, prompting the Duke to joke 'thanks for picking my car up, mate', to much laughter.
The royal couple were a big draw card for Danlan and his siblings attending the Games, along with watching their father compete, according to mum Leesa Kiwok.
'For months and months the kids have been saying will we get to meet them (Harry and Meghan) and we kept saying you'll see them but you most probably won't get to meet them,' she laughed.
'This is just extraordinary.'
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were earlier greeted by adoring fans as they opened a $40 million extension of the war memorial at Hyde Park in Sydney's CBD in a surprise appearance
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are advancing on the steps of the war during the ceremony along with Governor Hurley and his wife Linda, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison behind, along with premier Gladys Berejiklian of NSW (back to the right) and Veterans Affairs Minister David Elliott (back left)
Earlier Harry and Meghan were greeted by adoring fans as they opened a $40 million extension of the war memorial at Hyde Park in Sydney's CBD in a surprise appearance.
The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex arrived in Hyde Park around 10 am on Saturday with the governor of New South Wales, David Hurley, a former head of the defense force, and were greeted by an Australian Army brass band .
Harry rolled out his best 'officer and a gentleman look' in the tropical dress of his regiment, the Blues and Royals, with medals, KCVO and sword.
Meghan wore an elegant $AU2,927 black frock by New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, a choice that was seen by many as a nod to the ANZACs.
She also wore a pillbox style hat by Philip Treacy and paired it with a matching clutch bag.
They were joined by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, and the Minister of Veterans Affairs, David Elliott, on a hazy Sydney morning.
Walking beside Harry as he arrived, and throughout the ceremony, was Governor Hurley, who was decked out in a similar white dress uniform to the prince's, with his wife Linda in a blue dress and hat.
Harry and Meghan were treated to a traditional Welcome to Country, including a didgeridoo performance by two Aboriginal men painted in traditional body paint, and a performance by an indigenous dance troupe.
Harry rolled out his best 'officer and a gentleman look' alongside Meghan, wearing an elegant Emilia Wickstead dress and Philip Treacy hat
Meghan salutes as she gets out of the car after the royal couple arrived in Hyde Park on Saturday morning.
Prince Harry wore the tropical dress of his regiment, the Blues and Royals, with medals, KCVO and a sword
Aboriginal twins Krystal and Sienna Dawson presented the royal couple with a medallion and a painting during their visit.
The girls, aged nine, were from the Koomurri aboriginal dance troupe and both said they were nervous about meeting and performing for Harry and Meghan.
Krystal, who did an aboriginal art floral painting said: 'They said hi and 'nice to meet you'.'
The medallion, presented by Sienna, said 'play the game', the motto of the Beverly Hills public school which they attend.
'I didn't want to dance at first, but then it was fun,' she said.
Their mother, Connie, said: 'I think it was very overwhelming for them, as a parent. It was a very important ceremony and it's important that the next generation coming through should be part of it.'
Harry pays his respects at the foot of the steps and unveils a commemorative plaque during the ceremony to open the war memorial extension
The couple laid a wreath in remembrance of fallen soldiers during the ceremony
Harry and Meghan sombrely carry the wreath together towards the foot of the steps before placing it on a stand
Harry and Meghan held the wreath together as they laid it at the foot of the steps near the fountain at the bottom
Harry salutes the newly-reopened memorial after laying the wreath, showing his respect for Britain's staunch allies during World War I and following conflicts
The touching note left on the wreath by Meghan and Harry, expressing their gratitude to soldier who fell 100 years ago
Harry and Meghan bow their heads during a sombre part of the ceremony with the wreath they laid in the background
The Duke and Duchess were seated with Premier Berejiklian and Mr Morrison on their right and Governor and Ms Hurley on their left during the ceremony
Prince Harry shakes hands with Premier Berejiklian at the conclusion of the ceremony. The pair will cross paths again on Saturday night when she hosts the royals at a dinner reception at the Opera House
Prince Harry and fellow military man Governor Hurley share a moment as the Australian Army marching band plays
Harry and Meghan shake hands with Aboriginals painted in traditional body paint after they were treated to a traditional Welcome to Country, including a didgeridoo performance
Harry and Meghan then laid a wreath at the foot of the steps to honour Australian war dead, saluted the memorial, and unveiled a commemorative plaque.
The royalty fans had to go to the park after hearing the couple's participation, since the assistance of the Duchess and the Duchess of Sussex was kept secret until the last minute.
The spectators who were lucky enough to see the barricades and the strong police presence as they passed by gained a privileged position before others found out about the social networks and flooded the streets.
"I just bought a car and I was driving it when I noticed all the road blocks, so I thought I would see what was happening." "It was a big surprise," said a man named Arthur to Daily Mail Australia.
The crowd was much less prepared than in previous appearances, without the signs and costumes of the fans at Bondi Beach and the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Friday, which were announced well in advance.
Sin embargo, un recorte de cartón de Harry y Meghan observaba desde un balcón que daba al parque cuando llegaron los miembros de la familia real.
The couple received a tour of the new education and interpretation facilities and the Hall of Service where the new sculpture Sacrifice stands
Harry stares pensively across Hyde Park after his tour of the war memorial extension, alongside Meghan and Governor Hurley and his wife Linda (left)
Governor Hurley fills the royal couple in on the plan after they exchange greetings upon arrival at Hyde Park
Harry walks with the governor of New South Wales, David Hurley, former head of the defense force, with his wives chatting as they followed.
El gobernador Hurley saluda al príncipe Harry cuando se encuentran en la calle al lado de Hyde Park después de que llegan los miembros de la familia real
Jordan Ilencik traveled alone by train from Glenfield on Saturday for a second meeting with the prince, a day after presenting him with a $ 250 tiara replica of the one his mother, Princess Diana, once wore.
"I met him at the Harbor Bridge yesterday, and he said if he came today, he could meet Meghan," he said excitedly.
The 13-year-old boy brought a sign made with lipstick and a framed photograph of the couple. He also had a letter to deliver to the Duke and Duchess containing photographs of the pair together.
He was joined by 9-year-old Adam Yassine, who was returning from a basketball game when he saw the cops standing guard.
"I wanted to know what was happening, and now I want to meet Harry," he said. "I like it because it's good and it helps the poor."
Mr Morrison clutches a war memorial pamphlet and a sprig of wattle as he attends the ceremony with the royals
He greeted other VIPs who assembled for the ceremony, a welcome distraction from Saturday's potentially disastrous Wentworth byelection
Royal fanatics had to go to the park on Saturday morning after learning of the couple's participation, since the assistance of the Duchess and the Duchess of Sussex was kept secret until the last minute.
The spectators who had the good fortune to see the barricades and the strong police presence as they passed by gained a privileged position before others found out about the social networks and flooded the streets
A cardboard cutout of Harry and Meghan watched on from a balcony overlooking the park as the royals arrived
Jordan Ilencik, 13, (left) brought with him a sign made of lipstick and a framed photograph of the pair together from when they met after Harry climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Friday. He was there with his friend Adam Yassine, nine (right)
Harry saluda cuando llega al memorial, presentando sus respetos a los australianos asesinados en la Primera Guerra Mundial, 100 años después del final del conflicto.
Prince Harry walks beside Governor Hurley with Meghan and Ms Hurley following behind, with army personnel bringing up the rear, as they enter the war memorial
Before the ceremony, the couple received a tour of the new education and interpretation facilities and the Hall of Service where the new sculpture Sacrifice stands.
The sculpture features more than 1,700 soil samples from each city, suburb and district of NSW, as a place of address for those enrolled in the First World War in the region.
The extension includes a waterfall on the south side. A walkway through the cascade allows Memorial visitors to enter the new Hall of Service, exhibition galleries and education facilities.
The extension of the commemorative centenary of Anzac, as it is called, was inaugurated this year, since it is the centenary of the end of the First World War.
The Memorial, which commemorates the sacrifices made by those who served in Australia and New Zealand, was initially designed in the 1930s by Bruce Dellitt.
The Memorial, which commemorates the sacrifices made by those who served Australia and New Zealand, was initially designed in the 1930s by Bruce Dellitt
The couple was received by an Australian military band that played the national anthem and other songs.
Prince Harry stands up while the army band plays in front of him and the audience takes pictures from the other side of the street.
But after the Great Depression, finances were not available to realize Dellitt's vision, including a four-level waterfall on the side of the Liverpool Street monument.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New South Wales Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian also attended the ceremony from a VIP seating area at the top of the steps, next to the fountain and the reflection pond.
Later in the evening, Prince Harry will open the Invictus Games at the opening ceremony in the courtyard of the Opera, where he is expected to deliver a speech.
Just before the opening ceremony, the couple will join Premier Berejiklian for a dinner reception at Bennelong Restaurant in the Sydney Opera House with legendary Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe.
Invictus Games opening ceremony 2018: The Duke of Sussex's speech in full
'Hello Sydney. Hello Australia. And hello Invictus.
'On this day in 1973, my grandmother, The Queen, stood in front of this Opera House and declared it open.
'Forty-five years later, to the day, it is my honour to be standing in front of this iconic symbol of Australia's place in the modern world at the start of the fourth Invictus Games.
'I'm sure you'll all agree that these Games have never had a more beautiful backdrop.
'Many of you will have heard me explain the genesis of these Games before.
'From my life-changing flight back from the battlefields of Afghanistan, to the example of America's warrior games, Invictus was inspired by the experiences I had alongside our servicemen and women from many nations.
'These Games were created for our men and women in uniform; designed around their talents and their needs; and built not just for them, but also for the friends and families that have supported their recoveries and had their lives changed forever.
'Over the last four years though, the Invictus Games have become about much more than the thousands of competitors who have taken part.
'Invictus has become about the example of service and dedication our competitors have provided to the world.
'Our Invictus family has turned these games into a symbol of strength, honour and optimism for a new generation.
'In a few weeks time we will honour the memory of the generation that fought the First World War – including the sacrifices of the Anzacs whose ethos and heroic actions helped forge the character of this great country.
'So much has rightly been made of my grandmother's generation who endured the horrors of the Second World War and then rebuilt a world order around freedom and tolerance.
'The legendary bravery and resilience of the Aussie digger – to this day – commands respect and admiration.
'And the efforts of your soldiers to defend this nation and support your allies in theatres from the Kokoda Trail, Vietnam and Korea, to Iraq and Afghanistan, have been outstanding.
'The values that define this country's services – courage, endurance, mateship, sacrifice – are an example to all.
'But if we're being honest, we know that in many nations, the place of our men and women in uniform became too often undervalued in the decades after the Second World War.
'The sacrifice and character of our troops never changed, but society's recognition of them too often wavered.
'But that has changed.
'A new generation – the Invictus generation – is defining what it means to serve. And we are all taking notice.
'The Invictus generation has chosen to serve their countries in conflicts that are complex and dangerous and far too often this dedication goes unrecognised.
'They have reminded us all what selfless duty really looks like.
'With the help of medical science, the Invictus generation has not only survived injuries that in past conflicts would have been fatal, but has also chosen to fight back from the darkest of places to be here tonight. They have shown us the true meaning of resilience.
'When they have been open about their hidden emotional and mental wounds, the Invictus generation has shown us that in today's world being tough means being honest about how we feel – both inside and out.
'When they have taken to the tracks, fields and pools in London, Orlando, and Toronto, the Invictus generation has exemplified sportsmanship, bravery and world class athleticism.
'They have shown us all that the most difficult challenges can be overcome.
'When the families and friends of our competitors have lifted them up, overseen their recoveries, and cheered them across the finish lines, the Invictus generation has redefined what shared sacrifice means.
'They have reminded us all of our duties to each other – to support our mates, to serve our communities, and to respect those closest to us and those whose stories we will never know.
'And when all of us have watched the Games on TV or in the stands, we too have become part of the Invictus generation.
'We have learned to reject pessimism and cynicism. We have allowed ourselves to be inspired. And we have shared in moments of hope, joy, and triumph that have served as an antidote to the narrative of division and despair we too often allow to define our era.
'So when all of you compete over the next week, remember that you do so, not just for yourselves; not just for your families; not just for your nations.
'You are competing with different flags on your chest, but you are competing together for one Invictus generation.
'You are the unconquered generation. You are the optimistic generation. You are the new generation of service and you are the role models to us all.
'And you are going to put on one hell of a show over the next week.
'Now before I close, I want to say something directly to our hosts, the people of Australia.
'First of all, thank you for the welcome you have given Meghan and I over the last few days.
'I have been so proud to be able to introduce my wife to you and we have been so happy to be able to celebrate the personal joy of our newest addition with you all.
'But now I have a mission for all of you Aussies. And it's not how many shrimps you can put on the barbie! Our competitors have made it to these games, most of them travelling from many thousands of miles away.
'It's your job to cheer them on and share their stories. It's your privilege to watch in the stands or with your friends and families around the television. It's your responsibility to make sure your children know how amazing these guys and girls really are.
'Be inspired. Get excited. Allow the example of service and determination you will see, to change something big or small in your own lives.
'Show the world what Game On, Down Under really means.
'Australia – let's show the world how it's done.'