Prince Harry’s 30th birthday celebrations began with a beer, as he market the end of the Invictus Games on Sunday night. Harry has been the driving force behind the sporting event for wounded and sick service personnel. The Invictus Games ended with a pop concert in the former Olympic Park featuring the Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs and Ellie Goulding.
Over four days, more than 400 wounded servicemen and women, veterans and those still serving, from 13 countries competed in a range of sports, from wheelchair basketball to track and field events. The games were held at the former Olympic Park and the Lee Valley Sports Centre.
After seeing a similar initiative in America, Harry wanted to do something similar back home. He has said he hopes it will support competitors’ rehabilitation and raise public awareness of those injured while serving their countries.
During a speech at the concert, Harry told the crowd “These games have shone a spotlight on the unconquerable character of servicemen and women and their families – their invictus spirit.”
Invictus team captain and double amputee, Dave Henson, also turned 30 on Monday. The Prince said on the occasion “On the birthday side of things, I’ll be chuffed to bits when I’m having a beer with Dave Henson … we turn 30 at exactly the same time, on Sunday night. We’re really looking forward to being 30, both feeling quite old about it.”
Turning 30 means also means that Harry will be entitled to a multimillion pound inheritance estimated at £10.7m left to him by his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
After experiencing the death of his mother at a young age and stirring controversy with his antics in his teens and early 20s, Harry seems like he is done with the shenanigans and has matured into a lovely man.