Prince Harry German surprise at Invictus Games

Introduction: What is the Invictus Games and why did Prince Harry attend the event in Germany?

The Invictus Games is a multi-sport international tournament for wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women, both current and retired. The word ‘Invictus’ means ‘unconquered’ and was chosen as an embodiment of the players’ battling spirit and what they may achieve after injury. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, launched the Invictus Games after being inspired by his visit to the Warrior Games in the United States in 2013. The Prince Harry attended the ceremony in Germany via video link to convey his support and admiration for the Invictus Games athletes and organizers.

Prince Harry German surprise at Invictus Games

Prince Harry’s German speech: What he said and how he impressed the audience with his language skills

“Guten Abend” (Good evening) and “Ich bin sehr froh, heute Abend hier zu sein” (I am very delighted to be here tonight) launched Prince Harry’s remarks in German. He then spoke in English, thanking the German government, the German Armed Forces, and Berlin for hosting the ceremony. He also commended the participants’ fortitude and bravery, stating, “You are all Invictus.” You are now representing the spirit of these games. You are demonstrating to us all that anything is possible.” In German, he said, “Danke schön” (Thank you very much) and “Auf Wiedersehen” (Goodbye). The crowd applauded and admired his speech, which impressed them with his language abilities and emotional message.

The significance of Prince Harry’s speech: How it reflects his commitment to the Invictus Games and his relationship with Germany

For various reasons, Prince Harry’s speech was significant. First, it demonstrated his dedication to the Invictus Games and his duty as patron, despite his departure from royal duties and relocation to the United States with his wife Meghan Markle and their children Archie and Lilibet. Since the games’ beginning in 2014, he has been participating in every edition and has maintained close contact with the competitors and organizers. Second, it demonstrated his admiration and gratitude for Germany as a host country and a partner in assisting wounded, injured, and sick troops and women.

He has previously visited Germany as both a royal emissary and a soldier. He has also praised Germany’s role as a leader in Europe and its efforts to promote peace and reconciliation. Third, it demonstrated his genuine interest in and skill for language study. He has previously exhibited proficiency in French, Arabic, Nepali, and Spanish. Learning German was difficult for him, but he wanted to do it out of goodwill and affection.

Conclusion: What’s next for Prince Harry and the Invictus Games?

The address by Prince Harry was a highlight of the event in Germany, which served as a warm-up for the fifth edition of the Invictus Games, which will be held in The Hague, Netherlands, in April 2023. Prince Harry, along with other dignitaries and celebrities who support the cause, is expected to attend the games in person. 22 nations will compete in ten adaptive sports at the games. The Invictus Games Foundation, which aims to harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, promote rehabilitation, and generate a broader understanding and respect for wounded, injured, and sick soldiers and women, will continue to be championed by Prince Harry.

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