A veteran himself, Harry was in Dusseldorf, Germany, for the week to support wounded, injured and sick service men and women in the biennial competition, with wife Meghan Markle by his side
Another incredible round of the Invictus Games has come to an end.
On Saturday, Sept. 9, Prince Harry kicked off the latest installment of his Invictus Games for wounded, sick and injured veterans in Düsseldorf, Germany, closing the competitions on Saturday, Sept. 16.
"I hope you're excited," Harry said in a video message one month prior to the Games. "I'm probably a little bit nervous — I'm both. But I can't wait to see all of you and have the whole community together once again — it's been too long."
The excitement carried through all week, as Harry and wife Meghan Markle enjoyed the various competitions, handed out medals and even had some German beers in the stands!
Now that the Games have concluded, look back on what Harry, Meghan and the veterans accomplished throughout the week.
Prince Harry hits the stage during the opening ceremony of the 2023 Invictus Games on Sept. 9.
"Now, I'm not saying we play favorites in our home, but since my wife discovered she's of Nigerian descent, it's likely to get a little bit more competitive this year," he told the crowd.
Harry's opening ceremony speech also delivered an emotional promise to competitors.
"You're all on different parts of your healing journey — we all are, we always will be — but I can assure you that this experience will hopefully be life-changing, and you will come out of it a better person for sure," he said.
In the Spotlight
Prince Harry is flanked by Invictus Games CEO Dominic Reed and Boris Pistorius, Germany's Federal Minister of Defense, at the Sept. 9 opening ceremony.
The city hosts a reception for Harry ahead of the kickoff to the Games.
Ahead of the opening ceremony, the Duke smiles with a group of international volunteer categorizers, who help judge the competitions.
Backstage on Sept. 9, Harry greets more Games organizers.
Here to Help
Düsseldorf mayor Stephen Keller escorts Harry to a Sept. 9 welcome ceremony.
Mascot Buddy helps Harry lead the cheering section during the Sept. 10 wheelchair rugby match.
Harry greets a pint-sized fan at the Sept. 10 wheelchair rugby match.
The Right Track
Ukraine's Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Yulia Laputina, greets Harry at the track and field events on day two, Sept. 11.
Harry is presented with a moving image featuring his late mother Princess Diana on day two.
Shake on It
Ahead of track and field on Sept. 11, Harry meets competitor Wali Noori of the U.K.
Harry hangs with more Games-goers — including one sporting a medal! — during the Sept. 11 meets.
Face to Face
Penny for your thoughts! Harry and a child are deep in thought on Sept. 11.
The prince poses with fans of Team Australia (and their inflatable mascot) during the wheelchair rugby finals.
Big winners! Team USA receives gold medals in wheelchair rugby from Harry on Sept. 11.
Hand to Hold
Harry has a tender moment with one of the vets on Team USA on Sept. 11.
A fan draped in the Union Jack stops for a hello on Sept. 11.
Duchess on Duty
"It is so special to be here, and I'm so sorry that I was a little late for the party. Just like so many of you, we know this is about family and friends and the community that Invictus has created, that Fischer House has created, and so I had to just spend a little bit more time getting our little ones settled home,” the Duchess of Sussex said, according to Hello!. “Getting milk shakes, doing school drop off and then I just landed a couple of hours ago. I am thrilled that the first event that I can do with Invictus is here with all of you.”
At the Sept. 12 competitions, Harry hangs with members of Team Ukraine.
The prince sports a happy face while greeting a service member and his dog on Sept. 12.
Seriously — he loves a dog!
On Sept. 13, Harry and Meghan have a chat with a Team Australia member at the wheelchair basketball preliminary match between Australia and Ukraine.
Ride the Wave
Hands up! During Wednesday's wheelchair basketball game, the Sussexes take part in a big group wave.
Sign of the Times
Following a children's event, Meghan has the honor of handing out medals on Sept. 13.
Harry and Meghan meet Team USA's Annika Hutsler on Sept. 13.
The positivity is contagious as Meghan and Harry greet fans on Sept. 13.
On Sept. 14, the pair meets with NATO representatives ahead of a competition.
Shake It Off
Harry meets another young fan during the NATO event for families from Italy and Netherlands.
Hugs all around! Harry and Meghan have a joyful moment during the sitting volleyball game between Nigeria and Ukraine.
Snap to It
At sitting volleyball, Meghan shares a tender moment with a fan.
Peek a Boo
We see you! Harry has a hidden spot during the Sept. 14 table tennis competition.
Meghan adds her name to an installation at the IG25 Activation drop-in at Invictus Village on Sept. 15.
Harry walks arm-in-arm with some medal-winning competitors following a Sept. 15 competition.
Meghan leads the way at a Sept. 15 ceremony.
Harry and Meghan meet a four-legged friend outside of the cycling track on Sept. 15 — Harry's 39th birthday!
And inside an event, they make another tiny new friend, too.
The Duke and Duchess feel the spirit during the Sept. 15 sitting volleyball final.
Harry takes a selfie with a winner following the Sept. 15 cycling event.
Round of Applause
On the final day of the Games, Sept. 16, the pair partakes in one last medal ceremony.
Meghan and Harry turn it out for the Sept. 16 closing ceremony at Merkur Spiel-Arena.
And that's a wrap! See you in Vancouver-Whistler in 2025.
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