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In pictures: Prince Harry launches the 2016 Invictus Games

See our favourite photos of the royal kicking off his beloved Invictus Games in the USA
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Prince Harry was in his element kicking off his beloved Invictus Games this week, in its 2016 host city of Orlando, Florida.

The Games – a Paralympic-style multi-sport event for wounded servicemen and women – had its inaugural debut in London in 2014, and will next be held in 2017 in Toronto, Canada.

The Invictus Games were launched on May 8 with plenty of fanfare, as both Prince Harry and US First Lady Michelle Obama took to the stage at the opening ceremony to deliver rousing speeches.

Throughout the week, Harry has been on hand to meet the competitors and congratulate the winners at each event.

The Invictus Games have been something of a passion project for Harry, who has undertaken two tours of duty in Afghanistan during his career in the military. At the opening ceremony for the 2016 Games, he paid an emotional tribute to those servicemen and women who had “confronted tremendous emotional and mental challenges” as a result of their military service.

“When we give a standing ovation to the competitor with the missing limbs, let’s also cheer our hearts out for the man who overcame anxiety so severe he couldn’t leave his house,” he said.

“Let’s cheer for the woman who fought through post-traumatic stress and let’s celebrate the soldier who was brave enough to get help for his depression.”

See some of our favourite photos of Prince Harry at the Invictus Games here

Prince Harry meets 7-year old amputee Rio Woolf at the powerlifting event at the Invictus Games.

The royal congratulates New Zealander Amy Baynes as she is awarded the silver medal in road cycling. Coincidentally, the win also happened on the day of her birthday. Photo: Getty

Prince Harry at the opening ceremony with US First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo: Getty

Harry huddles with the Georgia team after they were beaten by the UK Armed Forces Team at sitting volleyball. Photo: Getty

Prince Harry greets athletes at the track and field events.

Rob Cromey-Hawke ( the British double gold winner in recumbent cycling) and his daughter Pippa meet Prince Harry at the road cycling event during the Invictus Games. Photo: Getty

Harry meets 95-year-old Ruth Uffleman at the wheelchair tennis on the final day of the Games. Photo: Getty

Harry presents medals to the USA Wheelchair Rugby team after they beat Denmark in the wheelchair rugby finals at the Invictus Games. Photo: Getty

Prince Harry meets a photographer in a wheelchair during the Invictus Games. Photo: Getty

Harry hangs out with some of the Games’ young helpers. Photo: Getty

Watch Prince Harry talking about inviting the Queen to the Games in the next slide

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Prince Harry on inviting the Queen to the Invictus Games

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