Prince Harry to meet UK's 2016 Invictus Games challengers


Prince Harry will meet members of the UK's Invictus Games team on Wednesday when the chosen sportsmen and women are unveiled at Buckingham Palace.

Harry has been the driving force behind the Games, which were first staged in the UK in 2014 to great acclaim from the competitors and spectators.

It aims to challenge wounded, sick or injured service personnel, and those who have left the Armed Forces, to strive for sporting excellence.

The Prince launched the latest Games - being staged in Orlando, Florida, next month - during a visit to the US last year when he got the backing of President Barrack Obama.

Earlier in the year Harry dropped in on the trials which took place at the University of Bath and later attended a training session for team UK hopefuls at Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre.

After the trials more than 180 military personnel and veterans who put themselves forward were reduced to a team of 110 who will compete in 10 sports.

The inaugural Invictus Games, held in London in September 2014, saw more than 400 competitors from 13 nations compete in nine sports. The Invictus Games 2016 will see 500 competitors from 15 nations compete in 10 sports.

The UK delegation to the Invictus Games 2016 is being delivered by a partnership comprising the Ministry of Defence, Help for Heroes, and the Royal British Legion.