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Prince Harry to celebrate landmark 30th birthday

Prince Harry turns 30 today, reaching a landmark age after a turbulent childhood, some controversial gaffs and a successful army career.

Prince Harry has been widely praised for his Paralympian-style Invictus Games. Credit: PA

The Prince has plenty to celebrate - his Invictus Games for injured servicemen and women has been hailed a success.

He also won the respect of the public by serving in Afghanistan, successful international tours and his charity work.

Harry will inherit an estimated £10.7 million from his late mother's estate, which a financial planning expert believed could "support him and a future family for generations".

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Queen hopes Scots 'think very carefully' about vote

The Queen pictured speaking to crowds at Crathie Church, Aberdeenshire today. Credit: Donald Stewart

The Queen has urged Scottish voters to "think very carefully" before casting their ballots in Thursday's referendum.

She was heard making the off-camera remarks to members of the public during a visit to Crathie Church in Aberdeenshire.

The Telegraph newspaper said it understood the monarch had told the small crowd:

You have an important vote on Thursday.

I hope everybody thinks very carefully about the referendum this week.

– The Queen

It is thought to be her first public comment on the issue of Scottish independence.

Prince wants to take Invictus Games out of London

Prince Harry says he wants to take his Invictus Games out of London and give the rest of the country a taste of its warrior spirit.

The international sporting event for wounded servicemen and women comes to an end on Sunday after five days of competition and Prince Harry said next time it could be staged in the north of England or Scotland before being taken abroad.

Prince Harry cycling to the Lee Valley VeloPark at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"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 would love to keep it in the UK, maybe head north whether it be Glasgow, whether it be Sheffield, whether it be Manchester."

– Prince Harry

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The first Invictus Games kicks off

Wounded servicemen and women are set to compete for the first set of medals in track and field events at the inaugural Invictus Game today.

Prince Harry officially opened the Games last night. Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Declaring the Games open, Prince Harry praised competitors, many still serving soldiers, from around the globe for their stories that "move, inspire and humble" as he launched the event last night.

The Prince was introduced by US First Lady Michelle Obama in a video message which was broadcast to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium in east London.

Michelle Obama told the competitors they were "incredible". Credit: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

The Games is inspired by the US Warrior Games, which the Prince vowed to bring to the UK.

Teams from 13 nations are now set to compete over the next four days in a range of sports.

The competition will begin at Lee Valley Athletics Centre with athletics, culminating in the 4x100m relay, before other sports such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and swimming follow later in the week.

Royals attend Invictus Games launch ceremony

Prince Harry has launched the Invictus Games, which celebrates the sacrifices of servicemen and women from around the world.

More than 400 wounded soldiers who will be competing in the Paralympic-style games paraded in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London.

The Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales and Prince Harry during the opening ceremony of The Invictus Games. Credit: PA

Veterans from around the world will go head to head in nine adaptive sports competitions, inspired by the US Warrior Games, which will take place over the next four days.

Harry was joined at the moving, military-themed ceremony by Charles, Camilla and William as well as 6,500 others including Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Missing was the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge who is still suffering from morning sickness and will be absent from tomorrow's opening athletics events.

Duchess to miss opening ceremony of Invictus Games

The Duchess of Cambridge, who is suffering from acute morning sickness, will not attend the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games this evening or the athletics event tomorrow.

The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her second child. Credit: PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced earlier this week that they are expecting their second baby.

"The Duchess of Cambridge will not attend the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games this evening or the Athletics event tomorrow," a Kensington Palace statement said.

"The Duchess's attendance on the forthcoming visit to Malta will be kept under review and a decision taken closer to the time."

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