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Invictus Games could move beyond London

Prince Harry takes part in an exhibition match of wheelchair rugby during the Invictus Games in London Credit: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

Following the success of this year's Invictus Games, which end this evening, Prince Harry has said it could possibly move out of London for a follow-up event.

The stands have been full, with crowds turning out to support competitors, many of whom have missing limbs or other serious injuries.

Harry launched the contest earlier this year, after being inspired by a similar initiative in the US, and he hopes it will support competitors' rehabilitation and raise awareness of those injured serving their countries.

The Prince said yesterday he was "over the moon" by how the Games had gone and suggested it could be staged next year outside of London.

He said: "We've now got America showing interest in 2016 and Canada showing interest in 2017 so the question is what do we do next year?

"I personally, along with a couple of other people on the board, would love to keep it in the UK, maybe head north whether it be Glasgow, whether it be Sheffield, whether it be Manchester."

Music stars line up for Invictus closing ceremony

Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs performing during V Festival at Weston Park in Staffordshire earlier this year Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Acts including the Foo Fighters and the Kaiser Chiefs will take to the stage tonight for the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in London.

The competition was organised by Prince Harry after he was inspired by a similar event in America.

The Vamps, Rizzle Kicks, James Blunt, Ellie Goulding, Ryan Adams and Military Wives Choirs are among the other acts to feature on the bill.


'I'm truly sorry' say royal hoax Australian DJ

A DJ who made a hoax call to a hospital caring for the Duchess of Cambridge broke down in tears as she apologised to the family of a nurse who committed suicide after it was broadcast.

Australian radio DJ Mel Greig Credit: PA

Melanie Greig posed as the Queen during the call in which private medical information about the pregnant Kate was disclosed in December 2012. Jacintha Saldanha who took the call, hanged herself three days later as the call made headlines around the world.

Australian radio DJ Mel Greig Credit: PA

Addressing the mother-of-two's family after an inquest today ruled her death was a suicide, Ms Greig sobbed as she told them and the packed courtroom:

I really just wanted to say I am truly sorry, I've wanted to say that for so long.

This tragedy will always stay with me and serve as a constant reminder.

To the second nurse involved, I am so deeply sorry for what you have had to endure. I pray you have found the strength to live on as best you can.

I was always concerned about the wellbeing of both nurses and I wish I'd tried harder to stop that prank from being aired.

– Mel Greig

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
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