Many of the competitors at the Invictus Games have service dogs, trained to aide emotionally or physically depending on their owners needs.
As a royal watcher, it gives me great pleasure to see the Invictus Games enjoy so much success in its second year.
It was just three years ago when Prince Harry visited the Warrior Games in Colorado, which served as his inspiration for an international show of strength, bravery and sportsmanship.
The Invictus Games have given the participants a sense of pride and confidence in themselves after suffering horrific injuries while serving their countries.
On May 11th, Harry present Sergeant Elizabeth Marks with a gold medal for winning the 100-meter freestyle,
Marks, handed it back to Harry, asking him to give it Papworth Hospital in England in thanks for saving her life in 2014.
Prior to the first Invictus Games in September of that year, Marks developed a lung condition that forced doctors to put her in a medically induced coma.
“I landed in London and became very ill very rapidly, I was in hospital in London and went into respiratory distress syndrome, they shipped a team down from Papworth who put me on to ECMO [extracorporeal membrane oxygenation] life support and that ultimately saved my life,” Marks told reporters at the games on Wednesday.
“So I gave Prince Harry one of my medals and hope it will find its way back to Papworth.
“They absolutely saved my life and I can’t thank the UK enough for having that kind of medical support and taking such good care of me.”
The 25-year-old Arizona native has been in the military since she was 17, and suffered a hip injury in 2010 that left her with no feeling in her left leg.
Fortunately, Marks is still serves.
It’s been fantastic to watch both the athletes and Harry immerse themselves 100% in the games, and I can’t wait for next year when the cinnamon prince (Vanity Fair’s nickname, not mine) takes the runaway hit to Toronto.
Below is a brief video from Kensington Palace beautifully capturing the sprit of the games. I encourage to watch it and dare you not to get a bit choked up.
As we count down to the closing ceremony let’s take a moment to reflect on what these games have all been about…https://t.co/ry4KFVTiAK
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 12, 2016
The Closing Ceremonies will take place tonight in Walt Disney World, with performances by Rascal Flatts, Flo Rida, Rachel Platten, Phillip Phillips, Jordan Smith and Vetted.
“The Closing Ceremony will be an inspiring event that honors the Invictus spirit and recognizes our competitors,” Ken Fisher, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Invictus Games Orlando 2016, said in a statement last month.
“Stacked with incredible musical performances by internationally-renowned singers and songwriters, heartening stories of courage and triumph from servicemen and women, the ceremony will truly be the event of a lifetime.”
What was your favorite moment from this year’s Invictus Games?
Michelle Obama has become America’s latest national treasure, for she has divulged secrets of the royal family that her predecessors would have shrugged off as non-newsworthy soundbites.
The First Lady and Prince Harry gave a join interview to Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts from Orlando, Florida, where the second annual Invictus Games are underway.
Roberts asked about the Obamas’ April 22nd dinner with Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace, an evening that saw Prince George stay up past his bedtime in the name of socializing.
So, Roberts asked, does George always look so put-together before retiring for the night? Continue reading
In 1996, the Princess of Wales joined her friend, fellow Brit and Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis at the Met Costume Institute Gala honoring Christian Dior, of which Tilberis served the co-chair.
Diana wore a midnight blue dress from creative director John Galliano’s first collection with the house, paired with blue “double cluster” drop sapphire earrings surrounded by diamonds, according to Diana’s Jewels, as well as a matching choker. Continue reading
First off, the award for MVP goes to Princess Sofia, who only gave birth to her and Prince Carl Philip’s first child, Prince Alexander, on April 19th.
Sofia could have easily stayed home with her newborn son, but instead she was a trooper and joined her family for a Te Deum thanksgiving service in the Royal Chapel for her father-in-law, King Carl XVI Gustaf’s 70th birthday yesterday.
Yesterday, the National Portrait Gallery and British Vogue revealed their collaboration on a series of portraits to celebrate the magazine’s 100th anniversary.
For the first time ever, the Duchess of Cambridge posed for the fashion bible, following in the footsteps of the Princess of Wale, Princess Anne, The Princess Royal and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (below).
Ever since Catherine married Prince William in 2011, it’s been rumored that American Vogue‘s editor-in-chief has unsuccessfully tried to land Her Royal Highness on the cover.
There are eight photos in total that are featured in the June issue (out May 5th), two of which are displayed at the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition, Vogue 100: A Century of Style. Continue reading
Today, Kensington Palace released four new photos of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana ahead of her May 2nd birthday, on which she turns one.
The sparette was photographed by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge, posing regally at her family’s Anmer Hall home.
The Princess had two outfit changes for the shoot – a pink carding and dress with matching tights, then a cream cardigan with a blue dress and matching tights; both sets were topped off with a tiny bow in the appropriate color.
In one photo, Charlotte is doing her part to keep the property manicured, while her dog, Lupo does his thing in the background.
Prince George opted out of the shoot, telling his office he had “better things to do than pose with a one-year-old.”
Which is fair.
At last night’s White House Correspondents Dinner, President Barack Obama recalled his recent meeting with George at Kensington Palace.
“Even some foreign leaders they have been looking ahead, anticipating my departure,” Obama told the audience.
“Last week Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bath robe. That was a slap in the face. A clear breach of protocol.”
George was allowed to stay up past his bedtime to meet the Barack and Michelle Obama, who had dinner with William, Catherine and Harry during their trip to the UK.