The Duke of Sussex to join Invictus Games Foundation 5 year anniversary celebrations
The Duke of Sussex will attend two engagements in support of the Invictus Games Foundation, of which he is Patron, on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th September 2019.
On Tuesday 10th, His Royal Highness will attend a reception to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Invictus Games at the Guildhall. Marking five years since the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games London 2014, this event will celebrate the power of the Invictus Spirit in changing people’s lives and demonstrate our leading role in delivering and inspiring recovery and rehabilitation through international sport and competition. It will also be an opportunity for us to outline our future direction. Guests on the night will include former competitors and their families, supporters of the Invictus Games movement and representatives from the military community.
The Invictus Games was created by The Duke following a visit to the Warrior Games in 2013. Having witnessed the power of sport in helping wounded, injured and sick Servicemen physically and psychologically, His Royal Highness wanted to establish this on a world stage. The first ever Invictus Games was held in September 2014 in London, with over 400 competitors from 13 nations competing in front of thousands of spectators. Since then, the Invictus Games have taken place in Orlando in May 2016, Toronto in September 2017 and Sydney in October 2018 with more competitors and nations taking part. The Hague will host the fifth Invictus Games in May 2020.
At the reception, The Duke will make a speech after hearing former competitors JJ Chalmers from the UK and William Reynolds from the USA share their recovery journey post-Games. HRH will then meet with groups of international competitors and staff from previous Invictus Games.
Following this, on Wednesday 11th September, The Duke will attend the 15th annual BGC Charity Day, which is held each year by BGC Partners to commemorate the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald and the 61 EuroBrokers employees who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centre. A portion of revenues from the day’s trades will go to the Invictus Games Foundation.
Upon arrival, The Duke will meet international former Invictus Games competitors before moving to the trading floor where under the guidance of the brokers, His Royal Highness will join the competitors in speaking to a number of clients to ‘close’ deals over the telephone.