Prince Harry Scales Sydney Harbour Bridge to Kick Off Invictus Games

Prince Harry has kicked off the 2018 Invictus Games in spectacular style by climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Australia.

Prince Harry, possibly Britain's second most admired royal after the Queen herself, founded the Invictus Games in 2014 as a sporting competition for wounded, injured or sick service personnel. Invictus is Latin for “unconquered and undefeated.” Last year, it was held at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and in 2016, Orlando, Florida, hosted the games. Sydney was selected as the host city for 2018.

Harry was accompanied by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as he made the 439-foot climb to raise the Invictus flag. He was also joined by a select few athletes competing in the games, which begin on Saturday and continue for a week.

The young Prince, who has seen active service himself as a helicopter gunship pilot in Afghanistan, came up with the idea for the Invictus Games after watching a British team compete in the United States’ Warrior Games in 2013. He was backed by former London Lord Mayor Boris Johnson and the committee responsible for establishing the Olympics in the U.K. capital in 2012.

image: Sky News

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