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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

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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.

Status upgrade for London's Great War memorials

To mark the First World War Centenary the Government and English Heritage have upgraded five of London's war memorials. Today is also the opening of the English Heritage exhibition 'We Will Remember Them: London's Great War Memorials' which will exploring a collective and personal remembrance.

  • The Edith Cavell Memorial, St Martin's Place, Westminster - upgraded from Grade II to Grade I- Royal Artillery Memorial, Hyde Park Corner, Westminster - upgraded from Grade II* to Grade I- Machine Gun Corps Memorial, Hyde Park Corner, Westminster - upgraded from Grade II to Grade II*
  • Statue of the Field Marshall Earl Haig, Whitehall, Westminster - upgraded from Grade II to Grade II- Belgian Monument to the British Nation, Victoria Embankment, Westminster - upgraded from Grade II to Grade II- The Cenotaph, Whitehall, Westminster - Grade I list entry enhanced
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