Prince Harry to Attend Poignant Anniversary Service in London Next Month

Prince Harry celebrates a decade of inspiring resilience

by Zain ul Abedin
Prince Harry to Attend Poignant Anniversary Service in London Next Month
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Prince Harry, the Duke of Suss-x, will soon revisit the city that hosted the inaugural Invictus Games, as he is set to attend a significant anniversary service at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Scheduled for May 8, this event celebrates ten years since Prince Harry founded the Invictus Games.

This paralympic-style competition has profoundly impacted the lives of wounded, injured, and sick service members and veterans globally. Launched in London in 2014, the Invictus Games were designed to use sports as a recovery mechanism, helping individuals who have served their countries overcome physical and mental challenges.

The upcoming service at St. Paul’s, a site steeped in history and symbolism, will commemorate a decade of this transformative initiative and reflect on its future. During the service, Prince Harry will deliver a reading, highlighting the enduring legacy and ongoing importance of the Invictus Games.

The ceremony will also feature a poignant recitation of the Invictus poem by actor Damien Lewis. This poem, an inspirational call to resilience written by William Henley, has become synonymous with the spirit of the Games. Henley's connection to the cathedral will be underscored by his memorial bust in the Crypt, adding a layer of historical resonance to the event.

Global Gathering and Honors

The service is expected to draw a global assembly, including representatives and athletes from past and upcoming Invictus Games locations such as Orlando, Sydney, and Dusseldorf. Notably, the gathering will look ahead to the first-ever winter edition of the Games, scheduled for next year in Whistler, Canada - a location Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, visited earlier this year to initiate the one-year countdown.

This event comes from Prince Harry’s recent engagement, where he honoured Invictus veteran Elizabeth Marks with the Military Times Soldier of the Year Award. Marks, a remarkable athlete and four-time gold medalist met Prince Harry at the 2016 Orlando Games.

Her journey embodies the courage and camaraderie that the Invictus Games aim to foster, not just in sports but in every aspect of recovery and support. As attendees of various nations converge on St. Paul’s, they will be joined by a broad spectrum of supporters, including community members and beneficiaries who share their stories and contribute readings.

The service, led by The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of St. Paul’s, promises to be a reflective and forward-looking celebration, honouring the achievements and aspirational goals of the Invictus community.

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