Britain’s Prince Harry and first lady Michelle Obama opened the second-ever Invictus Games on Sunday night at Walt Disney World's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
While addressing the star-studded ceremony, the founder of the games, Prince Harry, not only highlighted the bravery of injured armed services personnel competing in the Paralympic-style multi-sports event, but also drew attention to those struggling with unseen injuries, like mental health issues.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am to have the second Invictus Games open in America,” the prince said. “I’m a long way from London tonight, but when I look out, I see so many familiar faces, servicemen and women, their friends and their families and all of the people who got them here. I feel like I’m at home.”
FLOTUS, joining the prince onstage, commended his work with the games and thanked him for bringing the Invictus Games to the United States.
“He is truly our Prince Charming isn't he?” the first lady asked the audience amid laughter and cheers. “He should be proud of himself for his work.”
Invictus Games, which includes events like wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball and indoor rowing, were first held in London in 2014. Since then, it has grown to over 500 competitors from 14 countries.
Watch the opening ceremony in the video above.
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