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London set for official opening of the 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.

The opening ceremony for the Games for injured servicemen and women will feature an performance of the official anthem penned by Coldplay's Chris Martin as well as a flypast from the Red Arrows.

Prince Harry addresses the audience at the Invictus Games welcome reception in Regent's Park, London. Credit: Geoff Pugh/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

The 5,000-strong audience will include Prince Harry, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

It is not known whether the Duchess of Cambridge will attend after she announced earlier this week that she is suffering from acute morning sickness with the pregnancy of her second child.


Obama salutes Invictus athletes ahead of Games

US President Barack Obama has praised those competing in the Invictus Games in a special video message.

The President said he knew it would be "fiercely competitive few days" as teams from around the world prepared for the Paralympics-style championships.

"The truth is that everyone of you in these Games, every service member and veteran, has already earned our highest admiration and our deepest gratitude," Obama said.

"When your countries asked you to serve, to risk everything to protect our safety and our freedom, you and your families answered the call and just as you inspire us with your courage on the battlefield, your grit and resilience when you take the playing field, your incomparable souls inspire us today."

Prince Harry: Invictus Games not about supporting war

Prince Harry says the Invictus Games are about supporting the individuals taking part and not the war.

Some 400 wounded service personnel from 13 countries are taking part in the Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.

Harry has championed the Games with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also supporting them.

Harry feeling 'young at heart' ahead of 30th birthday

Prince Harry has said he feels 'young at heart' ahead of turning 30 on September 15.

Speaking after presenting medals at the Invictus Games, he said: 'I'm slowly starting to feel old. I think 30 is one of those first milestones when you drive through a village and see the 30mph sign. It's that constant reminder going 'I am actually quite old'.

'But I don't feel too old. I think i'm always young at heart', the Prince added.

New Prince Harry wax figure unveiled

A new wax model of Prince Harry has gone on display at Madame Tussauds in London to celebrate his 30th birthday.

The new figure shows the Prince in combat uniform to reflect his job as a captain in the Army Air Corps.

The new wax model of the Prince reflects his military career. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The figure cost £150,000 and took a team of sculptors and artists four months to create.


Harry to welcome Invictus captains ahead of Games

The countdown to the Invictus Games begins later today when Prince Harry welcomes team captains from across the globe to London.

The competition for wounded servicemen and women, both serving and veterans, has attracted 12 foreign teams and a UK contingent who will compete in the four-day event, which begins on Thursday.

Prince Harry will welcome team captains from across the globe today ahead of the Invictus Games. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Games will also be supported by Harry's immediate family with the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending heats and matches in the run up to the main event.

More than 400 competitors will go head-to-head in nine adaptive sports at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre in London.

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