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In numbers: Prince Harry's Invictus Games

  • £1 million - The amount in pounds donated from the Libor fund to support the event
  • 8 - The percentage of the British team who are in the RAF
  • 9 - The number of sports included in the Games
  • 13 - The number of nations taking part
  • 23 - The percentage of the British team who are in the naval service
  • 42 - The percentage of the British team who are still serving members of the armed forces
  • 58 - The percentage of veterans in the British team
  • 67 - The number of days of training completely in the build-up to the selection of the British team
  • 69 - The percentage of the British team in the army
  • 131 - The number of people in the British armed forces team
  • 400 - The rough number of participants in the Games
  • 497 - The number of coaching hours completed in the build-up to the British team selection

Harry confesses to 'sleepless nights' ahead of games

I think everyone should be humbled. The reaction I have seen today for all the organising committee has reminded us exactly why we have done this.

The difference it's going to make for these guys to be part of these games is huge. Seeing all the faces and reactions from these individuals, I'm absolutely over the moon.

– Prince Harry


Teams from around the world prepare for Invictus Games

  • Teams have travelled from the USA, Denmark, Estonia, France and Italy, Canada, Holland, Australia, Afghanistan, Georgia, New Zealand and Germany for the games, which were inspired by the United States' Warrior Games
  • Tonight an audience will gather on the South Lawn of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the prelude to the start of the competition, which has been put together by Kim Gavin, creative director of the 2012 Olympics closing ceremony

Prince Harry to open the inaugural Invictus Games

Prince Harry's inaugural Invictus Games will officially open tonight with a military-themed ceremony at the home of the London 2012 Olympics.

Prince Harry on stage at the Invictus Games welcome reception Credit: PA

The opening ceremony for the games for injured servicemen and women will feature an exclusive performance of the official anthem penned by Coldplay's Chris Martin as well as a flypast from the Red Arrows over the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

The 5,000-strong audience will include Prince Harry, his brother the Duke of Cambridge, their father the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Royal police investigated over mishandling weapons

Credit: PA

Four police officers from the Royalty Protection unit of the Metropolitan Police are being investigated over an allegation of weapons property being mishandled. One sergeant has been placed on restricted duties after an investigation was launched in June. None of the officers being investigated have been arrested or suspended. SO14 is the branch of the Met responsible for safeguarding members of the royal family and their residences including Buckingham Palace. Weapons disposal bins are located at all royal residences open to the public and visitors are checked on arrival. The bin in relation to this investigation was reportedly located at Buckingham Palace, although a Met spokesman said he could not confirm this. Small knives and scissors are among items which must be checked in on a visitor's arrival at the palace and can be reclaimed on departure, the Royal Collection Trust website states.

Officers from the Directorate or Professional Standards are investigating an allegation of mishandling of property from the weapons disposal bin by SO14 officers ... Four officers, three sergeants and one PC, are the subject of the Directorate of Professional Standards investigations.

– Metropolitan Police


Prince Harry drops in on marines' 6,600km challenge

Prince Harry wished Royal Marines good luck before they set off from the Cutty Sark to complete the final phase of their epic ‘1664 challenge’ with a moonlit 30 mile march which finished in London today. The event celebrates 250 years since their formation.

Prince Harry meets Royal Marines at Cutty Sark Credit: Ministry of Defence
Captain Sam Moreton (26), 42 Commando from Exmouth introduces HRH Prince Harry to Mne Tom Barker (19) 45 Cdo, from Carlisle, Cumbria. Credit: Ministry of Defence
Royal Marines taking part in the 1664 Challenge form up in front of the Cutty Sark in Greenwich, London last night prior to the final leg of their gruelling journey. Credit: Ministry of Defence

Royal childhood exhibition opens

Prince William's childhood sailor suit makes up part of the exhibition Credit: PA

Prince George may have turned one this week, but a special exhibition opens at Buckingham Palace this weekend giving an insight into 250 years of Royal childhood. Among the items on display are the Queen's childhood toys and the sailor suit worn by Prince William at the Duke and Duchess of York's Wedding in 1986.

Find out more about the exhibition here.

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