Prince Harry officially opens the Invictus Games
Prince Harry has officially opened the 2018 Invictus Games in a stirring and very personal speech at the Sydney Opera House forecourt.
Addressing the crowd of thousands exactly 45 years to the day since his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, officially opened the iconic landmark, was a proud moment for the 34-year-old as he launched his fourth games.
The father-to-be also gushed about the couple's exciting baby news, which was announced hours after he and wife Meghan Markle landed in Australia earlier in the week.
"I have been so proud to be able to introduce my wife to you and we have been so happy to be able to celebrate the personal joy of our newest edition with you all," Harry said to huge applause.
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The Duke of Sussex also paid tribute in his speech to the spirit of the 'Aussie digger' and the value placed on those who have served for their country, something which, in other parts of the world goes unnoticed.
However, he reminded the servicemen and women from across the globe gathered in front of him, they are a new generation - the Invictus generation.
"You are competing not just for your families, not just for your nations. You are competing with different flags on your chests but you are competing together for one Invictus generation. You're are the unconquered generation. You are the optimistic generation.
"You are the new generation of service and the role models to us all and you are going to put on one hell of a show over the next week."
Prince Harry then issued a challenge to Aussies watching on at home, quipping, "And it's not how many shrimps you can put on the barbie".
"Our competitors have made it to these Games, most of them travelling for many thousands of: from many thousands of miles away. It's your job to cheer them on and share their stories," he said.
"Be inspired, get excited, allow the example of service and determination you will see to change something big or small in your own lives. Show the world what game on Down Under really means. Australia, let's show the world how it's done."
Across the week-long of competition, approximately 500 wounded former servicemen and women from 18 nations will compete in 13 adaptive sports.
But before the rain and severe storms delayed the outdoor Opening Ceremony, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle spent part of their day on Cockatoo Island, where the first of the Invictus Games events got underway - the Jaguar Land Rover Driving Challenge.
It meant the first Gold Medal of the Games went to France but it also meant The Duchess of Sussex's first medal presentation - offering up the Silver Medal to the Australian team.
Prior to their boat ride to the island, the couple had a sombre start to their day at the opening of the enhanced Anzac Memorial in Sydney's Hyde Park.
Prince Harry arrived in uniform to the event, which saw the Royal and his new wife lay a wreath which was accompanied by a handwritten note, dedicated to Australia's fallen soldiers.